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HVAC Air Filters MUST Let Air Flow Through Them!

If you want heating or air conditioning HVAC air filters MUST let air flow through them!

There are two philosophies on HVAC air filtration -

1.  Use the real cheap ones, let air flow more easily, and the system operates more efficiently.
2.  Use the expensive, high filtration ones, which restrict air flow, but keep the system cleaner.

With  the second choice you MUST replace or clean your filters very regularly.  I treated that subject in a blog many years ago which you can read by clicking here.

HOWEVER, it isn't often that you can find a high-filtration filter which ALSO allows great air flow.  But I ran across such a filter very recently!

Combining the best of both worlds is this beauty!

I have to admit that I don't think I've ever seen such a filter before.

And I have been doing home inspections for a couple of days now!

You'll notice that this homeowner has selected a high-filtration filter, to keep the unit clean as possible.

And looking inside there you can see just how well this one has been working to keep the unit dust and dirt free!  It is spic and span!

But yet, with utter foresight, the filter selected ALSO provides excellent air flow!

When I first saw it I had to wonder if it isn't something this homeowner had purchased from Billy Jays,  who's products are legendary for improving the home living environment.

It sure looks like something Billy Jays  would sell!  And scream "Call now!"

You can also see a blue light hue on the filter.  Underneath it this diligent homeowner installed an ultra-violet, air-purifying system to eradicate whatever the ultra-violet, air-purifying system is hopefully eradicating from the air! 

There is not much as comforting as seeing a homeowner who wants to keep the unit clean, the air filtered and the home's air safe!

My recommendation:  as much as you look, you may not be able to find this filter in the store, or even on line.  It is exceptionally rare.  All kidding aside, THE AIR FILTER IN THE HVAC UNIT MUST BE CHECKED, CLEANED OR REPLACED REGULARLY!  Ideally that is done every month, but there may be a couple of months during the year when the filter isn't used so much as the system does not turn on and off so often.  However, diligence is diligence.  AND HOME MAINTENANCE REQUIRES DILIGENCE!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 47 commentsJay Markanich • March 22 2015 02:22AM

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OH this is funny.  I guess Billy Jays has a new line of products.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

It's gorgeous Debbie.  No way around that.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay, just when you thought you have seen it all, surprise! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Wayne - everytime I think I've seen it all, I haven't!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning, Jay Markanich I could never understand how or why people think they do not need to service working units in their homes....it's like not ever having an oil change in your car.... they'll be scraping dried oil from the sides of the unit holding the oil....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 3 years ago

Barbara - I had my emissions inspection the other day and my mechanic said there was a car there where the oil had not been changed in over 40,000 miles.  I asked if the car was okay and he said he was replacing the motor later that day!

Love the new photo!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I've found if I use the cheaper filters the home gets dusty but if I use the better ones the dust is not so bad.  It's a payoff to dust or not to dust so often...

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

With the three pets here it gets changed quarterly.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

James - if the air stays dusty the unit gets dusty!

Raymond - that's good!  But with three it may not be often enough...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I am looking forward to seeing the late night infomercials for this baby! Thanks Jay.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 3 years ago

I'll never forget an inspection in A wonderful Chevy Chase home that showed a furnace filter TOTALLY filled with overflowing dirt, dust, whatever.  Not much air could have gotten through.  

Needless to say, the inspector wrote that the innards of the furnace were worthless.

Yes, we got a new furnace.  

The owner/sellers didn't know that furnace filters were supposed to be changed regularly.  They also didn't speak English which tasked my French.  We were at the mercy of the listing agent with fluent French.  Thanks goodness she was an honest broker.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Is this is the new Super Flo model with the Jet Induction Power Boost? Sweet!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Jay, I changed my office filters to the super-duper allergen restricting filters a few years ago in hopes of helping my secretary do better during allergy season. About 6 months later I was pulling the unit off the roof and replacing it because the air flow restriction killed the unit. Today, I change them monthly with the cheap filters, and I clean the unit yearly. No more problems.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 3 years ago

I can hear him now Tom, asking that we call his bank of Phone Cuties!

Lenn - I see that from time to time.  Talk about stressing a unit!  You have probably heard me ask clients how often once a month they should replace their air filter.  Sometimes the answer is, "Every 6 months?"

Turbo charged Fred!  I can hear the blower whirling away even now!

Mike - I have had the same filters in my house for 17+ years!  Figuring it out, they have cost me 2 cents a month.  My HVAC guy says mine is the cleanest old system he has ever seen.  I have a spray I use to loosen the schmuutz before I hose it off.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I wonder if they thought installing the blue light filter was enough and forgot to change the other.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

Just bought new oil hot air furnace filters this morning and had the rock filter, the fine tight one to pick from... you want flow. You want a filtering. But they recommend every sixty days to swap them out. Not two or three years, etc.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Sheesh...at first I thought you were serious!!  Made me read!!!!!!

Posted by Susan Nealey, No Pressure! Ever! (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 3 years ago

Thank you for this morning's infomercial and chuckle...(S)

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 3 years ago

Chris Ann - maybe they thought it made the whole thing a blue light special?  Greg will be impressed he made the hit parade.

Andrew - I don't know any that recommend replacement every three years, but I sure seem to see them a lot!

Susan - sarcasm goes a long way!

S&L - glad you enjoyed it!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

This is just part of routine homeowner stuff. I check mine most times monthly. Summer is coming so for sure once a month. Have to check on tenants also. Most times I give them a stash of clean filters so there is no issue changing.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 3 years ago

That's a plan Bill.  And a note for the tenants to say to change them!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Change those filters so the heat units will function better.  Smart home owners do this

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 3 years ago

Russ - it's one of those things you would think people would understand by now!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I think it would depend on the particular family and how they all intend to use the property.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 3 years ago

Jay - As with most things, choices have to be made, and there are pros and cons.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 3 years ago

I find there's a lot of kind of closed-circuit airflow going on with a lot of people in their homes in that way.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 3 years ago

You're going to become the handyman of AR around here and I think I like it in general! Thanks so much for posting, Jay!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 3 years ago

I've decided to give you a follow because you seem to have a lot of wisdom that we need around here!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 3 years ago

Thanks Joan.  No matter the family, regular maintenance is essential!

Christine - and choosing the replace the air filter regularly is a big one!

Laura - welcome aboard!  You will find me to be very eclectic - sarcastic sometimes, like this post, and silly like with Wrench or Billy Jays.  But for the most part I always try to be informational.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

We do our filters every single month (whether they need it or not). But boy do I ever see a lot of houses where it's clear filters havene't been touched in years!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) about 3 years ago

I do too Nina, and it's tragic.  The unit really suffers.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

I bought a 2006 Pulte home and it has secondary Filters above every door transom that balances the air flow! You can close the Bedroom door and it still heats cols and balances the iair very cool! Havent seen any other builders doing this! 

Posted by Greg Riley, e-PRO,RECS, Rio Rancho Real Estate (Prudential AllStar Realtors) about 3 years ago

Builders have been doing that around here for a while Greg, but I don't remember when it started.  But it's a good way to balance air upstairs.  The sound factor is a factor, if you factor that factor in...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

I remember the first time I came to know about this. It was via a mal-functioning unit and the repair guy opens it up and there is a filter of solid wall dirt, dust, grime all preventing air-flow. I didn't even know you could open the unit up let alone there is a filter inside...good posting and thank you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 3 years ago

Ah, the air filters! As a landlord I visit most homes every two months to swap them out. Most tenants don't bother (or remember) even when I give them the filters.  It is so important! HVAC repairs are expensive.

Posted by Athina Boukas, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) (Virginia Capital Realty) about 3 years ago

Richie - it is one of the most important maintenance items on a homeowner's list!

Athina - I am not surprised you would have to change them yourself.  If you charged the tenant if they did not I bet it would get a response!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

I just put a pile of them in the basement to regularly use.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 3 years ago

Out of sight, out of mind Cheryl.  And the opposite applies too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

We tell homeowners to put "filter changing" o n their calendar regularly at the beginning of the year...whether they do it...well...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) about 3 years ago

Hard to know S&D, but it's a very important piece of maintenance.  Ignoring it is a very easy way to kill the system!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay Markanich well, I am guilty of that!

Every inspection for my buyer, I decide that I'll do it for my home and.....it does not happen frequently enough..

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 3 years ago

Make it a habit Praful!  And your system will love you for it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

This is one of my pet peeves along with cleaning gutters and changing smoke detector batteries, all a must!

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 3 years ago

Jay, I have an aggressive stands on AC system in my home and my Rentals. Since I started this stands on annuals check up of the central units, I have cut my cost on AC in half. Part of my program is to personally change each AC filter at the beginning of each month.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 3 years ago

Jay, love the beard!  Something tells me that filter isn't rated as a MERV 8.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 3 years ago

I frequently notice clogged, dirty, un-serviced furnace filters in vacation homes (including homes that are rented in summer to vacationers). This is an often-neglected matter that deserves attention!

Posted by Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 - (Madeline Island Realty) about 3 years ago

David - it's a good pet peeve to have!

Frank - if that is what it takes it seems to me it's worth it!

That's not one of them there rated filters Stephen!

Eric - I would expect that not many vacationers are up on the filter replacement policy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 3 years ago

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