Media Filter vs. Standard Filter
What is the difference between the one-inch air filter and a media filter?
The biggest differences between the standard air filter and a media filter is the size and effectiveness. Media air cleaners are installed as cabinets. Our air care experts position them in the return air duct of a forced-air HVAC system. Media filters improve indoor air quality drastically by effectively filtering pollution out of the air. Standard filters are only one inch thick and, as we noted, they don’t do anything to improve air quality. Standard air filters only protect the HVAC equipment. That’s all. Media air cleaners use filters that are 4 to 5 inches thick while the standard air filter is an inch. This much thicker filter is what provides far more air filtration
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How to Replace Your HVAC System’s Air Filter
Changing your media air filter is an easy process. For starters, media air filters come with the media filter already inside of the cabinet. However, eventually, you’ll need to replace it because if it gets clogged, it’s hard on your HVAC system. To help you through this simple process, your friends here at Madeira Heating & Air outline a few simple steps below. Additionally, this short video also explains the process.
Take out the media filter frame box from your HVAC. However, before doing this, make sure you turn off all power to your heating or cooling unit. Doing so is safe and also makes sure that you don’t get particles or dust in the system if it were to kick on while you were replacing the media.
Find the four tabs on the filter frame box itself. Turn these to open up, allowing the sides of the frame to go down. This will give you access to the media for removal. From there, the old media easily comes out and can be thrown away. Because of their design, these are much easier to get rid of because they aren’t as bulky, and you can fold them up and throw them away.
Uncoil the new media so you can insert it into the filter frame. The end of the new media with cardboard should fit snugly into the first channel on the filter frame. Matching the old media, place one fold per base on the filter frame box. After this, there are only two accordion filters that fit several different frames. Because of this, you might have more folds than you do channels. If you do, it’s not a problem. If you have extras, you can bunch up any extra folds into one channel. It’ll still work fine.
After you have inserted all the folds, lift the sides of the box so you’re able to reattach to the new media. Flip the tabs back in place to secure the media. When this is done, you’ve successfully replaced your media!
General Air Filter Questions & Answers
How long are media air filters good for?
Media filters last much longer than traditional filters, which need to be checked on a monthly basis. In general, an air cleaner like this can last up to a year. They offer far cleaner air in the home and they’re able to filter out smaller particles without restricting the system’s airflow. On average, a media air filter is good for up to six months to a year before they need to be replaced. Nevertheless, we suggest doing a visual inspection of your air filter regularly.
Are media filters worthwhile investments?
The typical standard air filter used in a residential HVAC unit isn’t actually designed to improve indoor air quality. To do that and effectively improve residential air quality, media air cleaners are one of our more popular solutions for homeowners. Media filters are installed in an HVAC unit between the main return duct and the blower cabinet. These air cleaners are made with a pleated, paper-like material that is able to filter household air far more effectively than standard air filters. Experts say they are seven times better than that standard one-inch air filter.
Do media air filters improve air quality much?
If you’re looking to improve your indoor air quality for any reason, media filters are your HVAC system’s best defense against all sorts of household air pollution. They do an exceptional job at offering homeowners much cleaner air and are considered one of the highest quality air filters available for homeowners on the market. Media air filters remove harmful particles and air pollution, allergens, dust, smoke, mold and more. They work best when used in conjunction with functional HVAC equipment and proper household cleaning techniques.
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