That's how neighbors should treat neighbors!™
Posted: August 5, 2021 by Andy
The primary purpose of your home's HVAC system is to distribute heated and cooled air throughout your living spaces in the most energy-efficient way possible. A secondary function is to improve the indoor air quality of your home, and that's all about making sure your air is as clean and healthy to inhale as it can be. Your system's air filters help keep dust and toxic microorganisms from polluting the air that you breathe.
Our HVAC pros at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling are here to emphasize the importance of air filters and provide everything you need to know to care for yours!
You probably already know the size of filter you need, but do you know what filter type is best for you? Most of the time, a balanced approach is best - that is, a filter that traps dust and dirt but still allows air to flow through. Filters are intended to protect your HVAC system by blocking airborne particles from reaching the critical components of your system.
For example, ordinary household dust can coat your evaporator coil and overwork your air conditioner. Dust is typically composed of fine dirt particles, chemical particulate, soot and ash, and paint fragments, among other things. Ick!
Some filters can also block biological air contaminants and prevent them from harming your health. These airborne threats include mold and bacteria spores, skin cells, pollen, algae, and dead dust mites. Ew!
And then there's lint. The tiny bits we generally call "lint" are clothing and carpet fibers, human and pet hair, plant fibers, and probably even spider webs. Blech!
Surprisingly, the EPA has found that your indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outside air. Why? It's because your home's lack of external ventilation allows indoor toxins to accumulate to unhealthy levels. This is where a good air filter is crucial!
Fiberglass mesh filters. These filters are thin and allow plenty of airflow, but they aren't great at catching dust or debris.
Tightly pleated filters. All filters are rated on the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) scale. Among other factors, a filter's MERV rating refers to how tight its pleats are, and the higher its MERV rating, the tighter the pleats are. A MERV rating of 13 or higher does a fantastic job of protecting your home - and your system - from dust and other allergens, but this superior protection comes with a cost. It can overwork your unit and cause it to overheat.
Washable filters. These reusable filters can save you money over time - if you remember to pull your filter out and wash it! However, even if you're regularly washing your filter, it's a challenge to clean the filter thoroughly. Also, over time, washable filters can break down and become less effective.
We recommend pleated filters for your unit for an ideal balance of airflow and protection, but not ones with overly tight pleats. Instead, choose a wide-pleated filter with a MERV rating of around 8 to 11, and it should be just right!
We can't stress this enough - as a best practice, we recommend changing your air filters each month - especially if you have pets. A clogged filter is a hazard to your system and your health. Each day, our techs see the damage that neglecting a filter can do. It's preventable, and it's low-cost.
Neighborly Tip: Having trouble remembering to change your filter? Set a recurring reminder in your smartphone's calendar app!
The blower in your HVAC system circulates about 1,400 cubic feet of air per minute - that's a lot of continuous air! Think about all the airborne particulates that are moving along with it. The front-line defense to removing these particles is the air filter inside your HVAC system, so make sure to keep it nice and clean for the best results.
Prevent air conditioning breakdowns this summer and every summer - be sure to change your air filters! Call the pros at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling for seasonal maintenance and any questions you might have about air filters. Our expert technicians make sure that your system is running efficiently year-round! Call us at 330-262-4100 or schedule a service visit online today!
Beware Animal Hair! | Air Purifier Q&A
How To Set Your AC When You're Away | Save Money This Summer
My AC Won't Turn On! | The Benefits Of A Central AC System
8 Handy Spring Cleaning Tips | Can I Finance An HVAC System?
My Furnace Won't Turn Off! | Before You Buy A Smart Thermostat
How Much Insulation Do I Need? | How The Inflation Reduction Act Can Help You
HVAC Basics For New Homeowners | 5 Common Winter HVAC Problems
Programmable Thermostats 101 | Can A Furnace Catch Fire?
Staying Warm During Extremely Cold Weather | Is A Heat Pump Right For Me?
Is My Heater Broken? | Let's Talk About Carbon Monoxide
HVAC: Why It's A Great Career | Winter Storm Safety Tips
4 Tasks For The Pros & 3 To DIY | When Should I Replace My HVAC System?
How Does a Gas Furnace Work? | 6 Things To Know About Smart Thermostats
Do I Need A Humidifier? | These Mistakes Will Spike Your Energy Bill
How Long Will My Furnace Last? | All About Furnace Tune-Ups
How Does HVAC Zoning Work? | That Dirty Filter Is Costing You Money!
Thermostat Best Practices: Fan ON or AUTO? | Choosing The Right HVAC Equipment
10 Things To Do Before Using Your Furnace | What Affects Air Conditioning Efficiency?
Is Air Quality Worse In The Summer? | Keeping Your Upstairs Comfortable
The Dog Days Of Summer | Help! My AC Is Leaking Refrigerant!
Summer Furnace Upgrades Are Ideal | 4 Common AC Buying Mistakes
Remove Those Hot Spots! | Older ACs Can Be Health And Safety Hazards
Prepping Your AC For Summer | Help! My AC Is Leaking Water!
A Bigger AC Isn't Necessarily Better | Landscaping Best Practices Around Your AC Unit
How Old Is My Central AC System? | Whole-House Dehumidifiers Vs. Portable Units
Air Scrubbers And Why You Need Them | Why Is My Home's AC Not Running?
Turn On Your AC After Winter The Right Way | Stop Those Pesky Air Leaks!
Why Spring HVAC Maintenance Is Important | Copper AC Coils vs. Aluminum
Your Thermostat Can Save You Money | 6 Furnace Safety Features
Change Your Thermostat Batteries Yearly | Super Bowl Party Tips
How Your Gas Furnace Works | Winter Heating Safety Risks
Help! What's This Blinking Light Mean? | HVAC Maintenance Goals
New Year, New AC! | New Year's HVAC Resolutions
The 12 Days Of Safety | 7 Signs You Need A New Furnace
Trane Comfort Specialist - What It Means | Optimal Winter Thermostat Settings
Ideal Humidity = Ideal Comfort | Avoid Cold Spots In Your Home
Save Money This Winter | Beware Of HVAC Systems That Go Bump In The Night!
Is My Water Heater Dying? | 5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Thermostat
Debunking 7 Common Radon Myths | It's Annual Furnace Tune-Up Time!
HVAC Tips For Pet Owners | Fall HVAC Preparation Checklist
Back-To-School HVAC Maintenance | Let's Talk About Air Filters
How Does Central Air Conditioning Work? | Air Cleaners vs. Air Filters
4 Signs It's Time For A New AC | Exploring Your Central AC System
AC Repairs - Least & Most Expensive | Air Conditioning's Top 10 Benefits
Does My Water Heater Need Repaired Or Replaced? | Protect Your AC Condenser From Bad Weather
Air Purifiers 101 | 3 Factors That Affect AC Efficiency
Don't Let Mold Harm Your Home And Your Health | What Type Of Furnace Is Right For Me?
Add UV Lighting For Your Family's Health | Stop Wasting Energy!
Here's 5 Great Home Makeover Ideas For The New Year | New HVAC System On Your Christmas List?
5 Easy Tasks To Prepare Your Home For Winter | Let's Talk About Your Leaky Ductwork
Please Don't Cover Up Your Thermostat | Tame These HVAC Scares This Halloween
What Do All These Letters Mean? | 6 Easy, Affordable Ways To Boost Your Home's Value
Low Temperature = Quality Sleep | What Does HVAC Mean, And What Does It Stand For?
My AC Runs But Isn't Cold - What's Up? | Is Your AC Prepared For Summer's Thunderstorms?
Something's Wrong With My AC! | How Can I Afford A New Cooling System?
5 Easy Tasks To Prepare Your Home For Summer | The Problem With A Clogged Filter
5 AC Myths That Are Costing You Money | My Air Conditioner Smells Gross!
6 Signs It's Time For A New AC | 5 Easy DIY Projects While You're Social Distancing
Choosing The Right Thermostat | What Does SEER Mean?
5 Easy Tasks To Prepare Your Home For Spring | Improve Your Winter Air Quality
The R-22 Ban: Do I Need To Replace My AC? | 8 New Year's Resolutions For Your Family's Comfort
Using Your Programmable Thermostat Well | I Need A Quieter Furnace!
Know The Signs Of A Cracked Heat Exchanger | Carbon Monoxide FAQ
What's The Best Air Filter For My Allergies? | 14 Easy Ways To Winterize Your Home
What's Up With My Weird Thermostat? | A Yearly Furnace Tune-Up Is Essential - Here's Why
Window AC Units Can Be Dangerous! | Prevent Summer Weather From Damaging Your Home
Why Is My Air Conditioner So Loud? | Keeping Cool In Hot Weather
Is It Time To Replace My AC? | Central Air Is The Best Cooling Option
Is An HVAC Tune-Up Really Worth It? | Does My Air Conditioner Need Repaired?
How To Reduce Dust In Your Home | The Importance Of Annual AC Tune-Ups
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality | Reduce Allergens In Your Home
Warmer Weather And Your Thermostat | Prepare Your AC For The Season
Time To Replace Your Furnace? | Handling Extreme Cold Well
Home Insulation Saves You Money | Humidity Isn't Just A Summer Issue
My Furnace Won't Stay On! | How Long Should My HVAC Equipment Last?
Tricks To Stay Warm This Winter | Winterize Your HVAC System
Don't Close Those Vents! | Phew! Furnace Smells You Shouldn't Ignore
Leave Furnace Repair And Installs To Us | Preventative Maintenance Matters
4 Important Tasks Before You Use Your Furnace | Prepare Your Home For Fall And Winter
Caulk And Seal Like A Pro! | Dealing With Extreme Heat
Don't Neglect Your Furnace In The Summer! | Preventing And Dealing With Water Damage
Why You Should Test Your Air Quality | Smart HVAC Technology For Your Home
Keep Your Vents Clean And Stylish | Save Money With A Home Energy Audit
Why Is My AC System Blowing Warm Air? | Reduce Humidity To Stay Cool
Summer Energy-Saving Tips | Create An Allergy-Free Home
Is My Air Conditioner Low On Refrigerant? | 4 Essential HVAC Safety Tips
16 Easy Spring Tasks To Save You Money | My Air Conditioner Is So Noisy!
5 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer | 4 Common AC Problems
Spring Cleaning Checklist | The Importance Of A Clean AC Condenser Coil
Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality | Prepare Your Cooling System For Summer
Why Is This Room Warmer Than The Rest Of My Home? | Retire Your Old Thermostat
We're committed to providing fast friendly emergency service 24 hours a day 7 days a week for residential heating and air conditioning systems in Wooster, Millersburg and the surrounding areas.
Our 24-hour emergency on-call service means you'll never have to go through another cold winter night or a hot, humid summer day. We service residents of Wayne and Holmes counties with no after-hours or overtime fees, so you'll never have to worry about paying extra because your furnace or air conditioner decided it wanted to quit on the weekend or a holiday!
Our service trucks are ready for your emergency after-hours service call with over 5000 stocked parts so you don't have to wait for us to chase down the parts you need.
Fast and done right the first time
We'll keep your Wayne County furnace running smoothly, and we service gas and electric heaters, heat pumps, ductless mini-split systems and more. Our local, licensed, friendly HVAC technicians drive fully-stocked service vans so when we troubleshoot your Holmes County HVAC system and find a faulty part, we can replace it right then! Whatever you need in the area of heating and cooling repair in Wooster, Millersburg, and the surrounding areas, we've got you covered!
The right system for your home
Whether you're a homeowner in Rittman who's in the market for a new, high-efficiency furnace, a mobile home owner in Shreve who's tired of baking in the summertime or you're a property manager in Dalton looking to replace old, temperamental air conditioning systems in apartments with new reliable units, our experience enables us to quickly and accurately assess your HVAC needs. You'll get the new furnace install and central air conditioning upgrade that's right for you.
Protect your investment
While we don't mind visiting your home for a dead-of-winter breakdown (it's what we do), we want to help you avoid that unfortunate situation altogether. That's why we offer affordable Wayne and Holmes County seasonal HVAC maintenance to reduce the future need for heating and cooling repairs. Our thorough inspections catch little problems before they become big ones. An annual HVAC tune-up by one of our expert techs saves you money, time, and stress!
Pets are integral parts of countless people's lives. In fact, many of us treat our pets like beloved members of the family, and we strive to keep them well cared for. Naturally, pet hair... more...
When it comes to improving your home's indoor air quality (IAQ), air purifiers are an affordable and effective option. However, you probably have many questions about air purification... more...
Whether you're going to work for the day or you're going away on vacation for the month, you want to make sure you maximize your AC's efficiency. But how should you set your thermostat... more...
Wayne County, Ohio ~ Apple Creek, Ohio 44606 ~ Armstrong, Ohio 44214 ~ Burbank, Ohio 44214 ~ Burton City, Ohio 44667 ~ Congress, Ohio 44287 ~ Craigton, Ohio 44676 ~ Creston, Ohio 44217 ~ Dalton, Ohio 44618 ~ Doylestown, Ohio 44230 ~ Easton, Ohio 44270 ~ Fredericksburg, Ohio 44627 ~ Funk, Ohio 44691 ~ Kidron, Ohio 44636 ~ Lattasburg, Ohio 44287 ~ Marshallville, Ohio 44645 ~ Mount Eaton, Ohio 44569 ~ Orrville, Ohio 44667 ~ Pleasant Home, Ohio 44287 ~ Riceland, Ohio 44667 ~ Rittman, Ohio 44270 ~ Shreve, Ohio 44676 ~ Smithville, Ohio 44677 ~ Sterling, Ohio 44276 ~ West Salem, Ohio 44287 ~ Wooster, Ohio 44691 ~ and more!
Holmes County, Ohio ~ Baltic, Ohio 43804 ~ Becks Mills, Ohio 44654 ~ Berlin, Ohio 44654 ~ Charm, Ohio 44654 ~ Farmerstown, Ohio 43804 ~ Glenmont, Ohio 44628 ~ Holmesville, Ohio 44633 ~ Killbuck, Ohio 44637 ~ Lakeville, Ohio 44638 ~ Millersburg, Ohio 44654 ~ Mount Hope, Ohio 44627 ~ Nashville, Ohio 44611 ~ Saltillo, Ohio 44654 ~ Stillwell, Ohio 44637 ~ Trail, Ohio 44624 ~ Walnut Creek, Ohio 44681 ~ Winesburg, Ohio 44624 ~ and more!