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How to Know What Size Air Filters to Purchase for Your Office Space
22 Mar
By: Climate Control
Climate Control

One of the benefits provided by commercial services is helping to determine which air filters to use in an office.

Commercial services can help those who work in an office enjoy a more comfortable environment. This includes being warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and having the cleanest indoor air possible. One way to have the best indoor air is to use the right air filter. Choosing the right size air filter for an office requires two steps:

Step 1: Determine Your Office’s Indoor Air Quality Needs

No person is the same, and no office is either. So the first step in choosing the right size air filter is figuring out the office's needs. Is this an office next to a lumber mill? If so, maintaining the absolute highest indoor air quality is probably not that important. But if the office is part of a clean room where a tech company designs, develops and manufactures state-of-the-art computer chips, then maintaining very good indoor air quality with the fewest number of floating particles will be very important.

Depending on what the office needs, you can decide what kind of air filter to use by examining the filter's MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating. The lower number means the filter can only remove larger particles from the air, while a high MERV rating means the filter will do a much better job of removing tinier particles.

Step 2: Identify the Limitations of Your HVAC System

The next step to choosing the right air filter for the office is learning what the HVAC system can handle. If an office needs an air filter with a very high MERV rating, the system may not be able to handle it. This is because a high MERV rated air filter has smaller holes in it to capture smaller particles from the air. But this means the HVAC system will have more trouble pushing air through it, especially after it has time to capture a lot of contaminants.

If you use an air filter with too high of a MERV rating, then the HVAC system will wear out sooner and, at the very least, not be as effective in maintaining an indoor temperature.

At Climate Control, we have a variety of professional commercial services that can help any business owner figure out the right air filter to use with any HVAC system. Get in touch with our team today to learn more or to schedule your commercial services appointment.

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