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Air Filtration Systems in Fresno, CA by Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning
Just because we live in a fairly arid climate doesn’t mean that your indoor air won’t need some extra help being clean. In fact, homeowners in our area see a lot more dust and dirt infiltration than other parts of the country, and if you have allergy sufferers in your home, this can be a very tough combination to live with. The good news is that the indoor air quality experts at Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning can help you improve both your indoor air quality and your health with the installation and expert servicing of an air filtration system.
You may be wondering why you need an upgraded air filter when your HVAC system already comes with an air filter. This is because the standard air filter that is in your HVAC system is not designed to improve your indoor air quality; rather, its main purpose it to keep out pieces of debris as well as large particles of dust and dirt. Need help with a new air filter? Let our experts assist with our high-quality products and expert services!
When you need assistance with an air filtration system in Fresno, CA, call and schedule an appointment withthe people you can count on: Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning.
How Does an Upgraded Air Filter Do a Better Job Than the Standard One?
If you’ve seen an HVAC air filter, you know that the air filter is a square–shaped frame with material, known as filter media, stretched to all four sides of the frame. It is the filter media that makes all the difference between capturing certain contaminants and not capturing them. In an upgraded air filter, the filter media is typically folded in a v–fold several times, and the weave of the material itself is very tight so that it can capture contaminants as they pass through the material. The better the filter media, the more contaminants will be captured.
Is There a Measurement to Determine How Good a Filter Will Be?
Yes, there is, and it’s called MERV. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, and it is a measurement that functions on a scale of 1 to 20, with 1 being the lowest. Filter media can vary widely in quality, so here is a general overview of what kinds of particles can be captured at different MERV values:
- MERV 1–4 – at this rating, which is the rating where your standard air filter will, fall, provides minimal air filtration. Particles captured by this type of air filter can’t be smaller than 10 microns, which are fairly large particles.
- MERV 5–8 – filters in this MERV range can capture particles 3 microns and larger. Examples of contaminants captured at this rating are some mold and mildew spores, very fine dust particles, dust mites, pollen and pet dander.
- MERV 9–12 – an air filter of this MERV range can capture contaminants in the 1–3 micron range; this means it can capture all of the above in addition to some bacteria and virus organisms.
Contact our team today to learn more about the air filtration systems that we offer in Fresno, CA!