At Filter King, we manufacture a diverse range of 2 inch air filters. You never have to worry about getting the wrong size filter, since our products are backed by a 30-day guarantee. Select the furnace filter you need below.
The majority of air filters are only one inch thick. However, there are systems that can easily accommodate different air filter sizes - at least in terms of thickness, ranging from two to five inches. Generally speaking, the thicker it is, the better it works to capture airborne particles and protect your HVAC system from dust, dirt, and debris. Thicker filters also mean you can go longer between replacement filters.
You’ll need to look at your current filter to see if your system will fit the thickness. Some air filters will have the dimensions printed on the side. If not, measure the longest side, then the shorter side, and the thickness. Look inside to determine if the opening will hold a larger one (if you’re using a 1 inch now.)
Your measurement will be the actual size. When shopping, use the nominal size - the actual size, rounded up the nearest whole inch.
When shopping for HVAC filters for your home or office, you’ll find a variety of rating options. Ideally, you should be following the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating scale. This is the only consumer standard rating system. It was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to help homeowners.
Any filters with a MERV rating, regardless of type or brand, will provide the same level of filtration as any other product with the same MERV rating. The higher MERV rating, the more contaminants it removes from the air.
Other rating systems are proprietary and not consistent across brands and types. You may also see MPR, or microparticle rating (a system created by 3M) or filter performance rating (FPR). The FPR is exclusive to Home Depot stores.
MERV ratings run from 1 to 20. The filters recommended for use in your home’s AC or furnace fall between MERV 8 and MERV 13. For those without pets or breathing issues, a MERV 8 provides enough filtration. They protect against pollen, dust, lint, dirt, mold spores, and smog.
For pet owners, a MERV 11 provides better filtration. It removes additional airborne particles, including pet dander.
For those with asthma, severe allergies, or other health conditions affecting the lungs, the MERV 13 is the highest level of filtration recommended for residential use. It filters smoke, some types of bacteria and viruses, and more.
MERV 14 and higher is only recommended for healthcare and other areas where the cleanest air possible is required. Using them in your residential system will only cause the system to work harder than necessary.
You can expect to go between three to five months before you need to change it. Check it monthly to make sure it’s still clean. Dirty filters block airflow, which makes your system work harder. This increases your energy bills and wears the HVAC out faster.
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An air filter’s size is described using three different measurements. The length, width, and depth of a filter are printed out in small numbers along the frame of the filter on the cardboard edge of a Filter King brand filter. But other filters may not have this information conveniently located, and you may need to find the measurements yourself. When doing so, check to see whether the filter is square or not. If it is not square, then the smallest-size side’s measurement goes first, followed by the next side, and then finally the depth measurement. 10x15x1 is a proper example of the correct size. From the actual sizes, round up the measurements to the nearest whole numbers when you order new air filters. This rounded measurement is referred to as the nominal size and is used to match the right filter to its fitting air filter slot. By using the nominal size, you can order a new air filter that slides in and out of place with ease.
Currently, the most common size furnace filters are 10x20. But should your system need custom sized air filters, note that we offer custom sizing ranging from 8 x 24 x 1 to 25 x 30 x 1. We even offer 3M furnace filters 20x25x1 in size.
There are hundreds of variant sizes of furnace filters because air filters and furnace are both the same. The only difference between the two is location. Filter King offers hundreds of different filter sizes capable of use for several home systems, including your furnace.
Depending on your AC unit, the air filter slot may be located in a hard to find location. First, try checking the blower compartment or return air duct where the air is cleaned before going through the unit. The unit itself may have the air filter inserted in a specific location.
Yes, but it is not recommended that you do so. There are several issues that occur for an AC unit, your home air system, and the home itself when an air filter is not installed. Think of a filter as a gatekeeper (which really is), and its purpose is to protect both you and your HVAC system from dust and dirt, that if left unfiltered, can cause harm to both you and your HVAC unit in the long run.
Air filters are built with a tight mesh weave that is designed to capture and absorb incoming particles. Air is brought through the porous side, and the mesh weaving allows it to flow in and out while being cleaned. When backwards, air has a harder time coming through, which means the system will require more energy to push it through, and thus affecting the quality of air filtration. When an air system is strained like this, it causes a rise in home energy billing and possible mechanical damage.
Yes, over time dirty air filters will affect AC more and more. The longer a filter is left in a system, the dirtier it becomes, and the more pronounced the effects will be. There are many factors that determine how long an hvac filter can last such as the type of filter, material, home size and daily habits. The higher the FPR rating system (developed by Home Depot), the longer the filter lasts. MERV rating is another popular rating system used both locally and internationally.
When your air filter is dirty, the mesh wearing that it consists of becomes clogged and full of dirt and debris. When this happens, the air that is supposed to flow forward through the filter has a harder time passing into the air system. The system will use more energy to try and push the air forward, straining itself and raising your energy billing in the process. The air inside your home may also start becoming stagnant and dirt over time since fresh air is unable to come in.
Yes, they are very important to any air system they are in. Air systems have no way of knowing whether the air they are bringing in is clean or dirty. Air filters are essential to making sure that any air brought in is cleaned before entering the system. Without filtration, the air coming in from outside may contain any number of dust, debris pollutants, and allergens.
Reduced airflow and increasing power bills are the first signs to watch out for. With a broken or old filter, your HVAC system has to work much harder to keep your house cool.
When an air filter is bad, that can mean that it is either dirty or broken. When dirty, the symptoms include the air inside of a home drying out or stagnating and dust particles filling the air. If the air filter is broken or not working, removal ofparticles such as pollen, dust, mold, dust mites, bacteria, pet dander, smoke, mold spores, and viruses is limited, which means there is lack of cleaner air in the house.
The price of a single Filter King brand air filter varies depending on its measurements. However, the price falls when you buy multiple filters per order. Orders of two or more filters are also shipped for free.
MERV ratin 8-13 is recommended for households. A good place to start would be at MERV of 8 if no one in the home has breathing issues. But for homes with pets, allergies and asthma patients, it is recommended you use MERV of 11. For home with smokers, its best to use a higher rated quality air filter in this category which is MERV 13. To learn more about MERV rating, visit this article we've put together.
This is entirely dependant on your home and the kind of AC system it has. Consult the homeowner’s guide for your home air system to understand how many air filters your home has and in what sizes.
Washable air filters may seem like an attractive option at a glance. There a varied opinions about the effectiveness of washable ac/furnace filters, but one thing is clear: the longer one uses a washable air filter, the less effective they become with removing smaller particles. Our recommendation? For guaranteed high indoor air quality, it's better to stick to disposable air filters.
The three most important things to consider when selecting the correct filter for your home include, filter size, material and MERV rating and price. Here at Filter King, we're able to provide a wide variety of filters for your home and business with the best MERV rating and the best price.