Indoor air quality is not just important for people who are in high-risk groups, such as babies, children, the elderly and people who suffer from chronic health issues such as respiratory problems. It is important for everyone. One great way to assure that indoor air is healthy for everyone is by using our 16 x 25 x 1 high-quality air filters. Here are some of the key facts you need to know about them.
Filters are categorized based on how much and what they filter from the air. The categorization system is know as MERV, which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. Here are some typical MERV levels for filters, along with the corresponding categories in our filters.
The MERV 8 (DUST) type of filter removes numerous allergens and particles from the air. It does not do so to the same extent as more high-end HVAC filters, but it is also more effective at cleaning the air than low-end filters.
The MERV 11 (ALLERGY) type filter is a level up in effectiveness from the MERV8 filter, as it filters more from indoor air.
The MERV 13 (HEALTH) type filter is another step up from the MERV8 and MERV11. This is because of its greater ability to filter out more allergens from indoor air.
We have various choices available in 16 x 25 x 1 air filters, including Basic, Dust, Allergy, Health, Odor, and Washable. This wide variety of options suits a numerous specific needs for filtration and various indoor environments.
The 16 x 25 x 1 filter is quick and easy to install. Here is how to properly do that:
Before you get started with changing the air filter, turn off the power that is going to your furnace. Remove the old air filter from the HVAC system, and throw away that filter. When placing your new air filter into the grille, make sure the arrow on the side of the filter is pointing toward the furnace. Turn the power and furnace back on, and verify that everything is working correctly.
Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the heating and cooling of indoor environments makes up about 43% of the energy that is used in the United States. A way to improve energy efficiency in buildings is by making buildings more airtight and reducing the amount of heated or cooled air that escapes from a building, but the down side to that is indoor air quality can be compromised. There are ways around that, however, such as by the people working in building construction and upgrades being simultaneously committed to energy efficiency and the quality of indoor air.
It is definitely possible to have energy-efficient buildings that offer healthy air. A great way to improve the health of indoor air is by using our discount furnace filters, which come in a variety of sizes and types in addition to the 16 x 25 x 1 models.