Learn how to check air filters in your home. Educational Videos on a Home Energy Audit Series by Greenovation Builders.
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Air Filter Do's and Don'ts Heidi: Next, Gary is about to test for air leakage of the duct system and before he gets all set up for that we have a couple of things come up that we felt that were important for you to know. One, he brought to our attention was about air filters. So go ahead and tell us what you were saying about air filters within the home, Gary Kahanak. Gary Kahanak: Well, this is a typical type of filter, one of my purchases. It’s a higher density media. Heidi: And more expensive. Gary Kahanak: And more expensive but the standard home heating air system that the fans are not designed to pull air through these filters. It actually decreases the efficiency of their system. So it’s best to go with the inexpensive fiber glass filters, nothing fancy, just the cheapest ones that you find. If you want to use your heating air system as whole house filtration it’s best to have heating air contractor actually install a pleated, large surface area filters designed for filtration. Those lock affect the system’s performance. Heidi: And they’re internal, is that what they are? Gary Kahanak: Right, typically it’s a filter that you have to change out once a year. Heidi: Okay. Gary Kahanak: They are more expensive but they are very effective but that’s the new way. Otherwise, just get an inexpensive fiber glass filter and call it good. Heidi: Okay. Gary Kahanak: And your panel is this particular house is the returning of your panel was built with the frame which is generally found upon because it’s more difficult to ear sear it and when you get leakage in the duct system again air flow goes down and if it’s against the next year your space is another source for infiltration. So we’ll test it and see how it works. Heidi: I’ll see, great. Thanks.