The Ultimate Cleaning Home Air Filters Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

It's essential to routinely replace your air filters to maintain good air quality in your home and to protect your heating system. The variety of choices of air filters in large hardware stores can be overwhelming. Take this quiz and find the right air filter for your needs.

Where is the air filter in your home positioned?

Your air filter is located where all the air from your home is pulled into your heating system.


What is the main purpose of an air filter?

Your air filter's main job is to trap air-born particles and keep them from damaging your heating system.


How can airborne particles damage your heating system?

Clogged coils from airborne particles means that the coils cannot adequately heat the air that passes through, leading to a less efficient heating system.


You can now buy special air filters that can also improve the quality of the air in your home. What do these special air filters catch?

New and improved air filters do far more than simply protect your heating system. These modern air filters also improve your home's air quality by filtering out smoke particles, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores and bacteria.


The air quality of your home can be up to ________ times worse than outdoor air quality.

Lack of proper circulation results in poor air quality inside the home. Your home air quality can actually be two to five times worse than outdoor air quality.


What should you consider when purchasing a new air filter?

Although air filters can be cut to size, most air filters come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs. There are also many different types of air filters to choose from, so do your research beforehand.


What is the most economical air filter?

The cheapest air filters are ones made from fiberglass, spun glass or polyester. These air filters simply keep air-born particles from entering your heating system by catching larger particles like lint or dust.


What type of air filter should you consider purchasing if you want to remove a variety of air impurities from the air?

Pleated filters with a one or four each thickness will remove a variety of medium to fine air-born particles, such as pollen, mold, dust mites, smoke and dander.


How often should you replace a pleated air filter?

Pleated air filters generally need to be replaced every three months. If, however, someone in your home is allergic or asthmatic or you have higher than average air-born particles, consider replacing your air filter more often.


What is the best type of air filter for filtering out air-born particles?

An electrostatic filter will provide you with the best air quality. This type of filter has an electrostatic charge that attracts both large and microscopic particles.


If you suffer from allergies, consider purchasing a(n) _____________ filter.

Electrostatic filters are great for allergy sufferers, since they are the best at filtering out all particles and even odor.


You should check a filter's MERV before purchase. What does MERV stand for?

A filter's MERV, or minimum efficiency reporting value, should be marked on the side of the package. The MERV gives you an idea of the filter's effectiveness.


What is the recommended MERV for an air filter?

The American Lung Association recommends a MERV of 10 or more. The higher the MERV, the more particles a filter is able to catch.


What percentage of particles does an air filter remove if it has a MERV rating of six?

A filter with a MERV rating of 6 only removes half of air-born particles. Consider purchasing a filter with a higher MERV rating if you desire better air quality.


Which of the following is the smallest airborne particle?

Smoke is the smallest type of airborne particle, with particles as small as 0.3 microns. Keep in mind though, pollen and dust mites are also considered to be small airborne particles.


What is the typical MERV rating of fiberglass filters?

Fiberglass filters typically have a MERV rating of one, since they only catch large particles like lint.


As your filter gets dirty, the MERV rating:

A your filter gets dirty, it has a better ability to catch smaller particles. So, the MERV rating actually goes up. Keep in mind though, that as your filter gets dirty, your heating system begins to work less efficiently.


How will you know if your air filter needs to be changed?

Although your should routinely change your air filter every three months, or according to manufacturer directions, a filter should be changed whenever it looks visibly dirty.


What does a dirty air filter look like?

A dirty air filter is ashy-gray on the duct side of the filter.


What should you do if you don't think your air filter is functioning properly?

If you suspect that your air filter is not functioning properly, make sure that it's not too small and that it's not installed upside down.


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