When it comes to air filters, the short answer is no, they are not all the same. In fact, there are many different types of air filters available and choosing the right one can make a real difference to the lifespan of your HVAC system. The most important factor to consider is the filter rating. For example, replacement Honeywell oven filters can be purchased through several filter manufacturers.
These are manufactured to the same specifications as the brand name filter. All you need to do is select a filter size and a MERV rating that meets your needs. Most air filters are 1 inch thick, but some systems can accommodate filters 2 to 5 inches thick. Our tests have shown that the thicker the filter, the better it works and the longer the replacement intervals. This means it's better for you and your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
However, when it comes to generic oven filters, there really is no difference in quality. The OEM filter is manufactured by the brand manufacturer, while the generic equivalent (also known as an aftermarket product) is not usually created by that manufacturer, but is designed to fit and perform as well as the OEM. In terms of pollutant reduction, both types of filters are designed to filter particles from the air, based on their MERV ratings. It's important to remember that you should change your home's air filters regularly before you start seeing evidence that it's been a while since you changed them. Having central air conditioning and heating is certainly an advantage for many homeowners, but like all major appliances in the house, your HVAC system must be well maintained to ensure maximum efficiency.
A dirty filter can restrict airflow, preventing the system from working the way it's supposed to, and that can eventually cause equipment failure. Air filters generally come in a range of standard sizes, with some that can be adapted to fit different size filter housings or return air vents. Blackwell suggests that you write the date your filter changed on your spine so that you can track your maintenance schedule. Some brands have created their own rating systems, such as the Home Depot filter performance rating and the 3M microparticle performance rating. If you have little airflow, check the air filter, since clogged filters are one of the most common reasons. At its most basic function, an air filter removes impurities such as dust, pet dander, or even bacteria from the air that flows through the system.
Or, thanks to today's smart home technology, you can even purchase smart filters such as 3M Filtrete smart air filters that use sensors to monitor airflow. Air filters come in a variety of shapes and materials, each with different capacities and prices. Finally, you'll need to consider the dimensions of the vents and spaces your HVAC system is servicing, which will determine the size and thickness of the filter you'll need. If you ever get to specify a new air conditioning system, configure it to take thicker filters (2 or 4) for better airflow and longer filter life.