Are you wondering if you can use a 1-inch air filter instead of a 2-inch filter? The answer is not as straightforward as it may seem. It depends on the size of your system, the MERV rating of the filter, and the type of filter you need. You don't want to place an air filter in a double slot because air takes the path of least resistance and will flow around the filter instead of through it if it's not the right size. If your system is only compatible with a 1- or 2-inch filter, a high MERV rating could be harmful.
A 1-inch filter with less surface space will clog fairly quickly and will need to be replaced much sooner than a thicker filter. The combination of a thin air filter with a high MERV rate can also restrict airflow to the point of hampering efficiency and causing excessive wear and tear. The best thing to do is upgrade to a 2-inch or even a 4-inch filter. Many cabinets allow for a 1-inch or 2-inch filter.
It's relatively easy to remove the old 1-inch filter and simply insert a 2-inch filter. Most return air filter grilles also accept a 2-inch filter instead of a 1-inch filter. If you choose a 1-inch MERV air filter with a high diameter, check it every month during the heating or air conditioning months and change it when it's too dirty to let light through, or sooner. Technically, both components can be called “ventilation ducts” because both are places where air circulates in the house.
Ovens come in several sizes and configurations, meaning there's no one-size-fits-all filter. In most standard household heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, there will be a large ventilation grille located near the home's air controller. Depending on the size of your home, you may have more or fewer intake holes, but in most homes, the central air system is powered by two intake holes covered by an air filter. But what if the boiler air filter compartment is only 3 inches thick? In that case, the 1-inch furnace filter is the better choice than the 4-inch filter, however, a 3-inch-thick air filter is the better choice.
A 1-inch furnace filter with a rating of 6 to 8 MERV will last up to three months even with fairly heavy furnace use. For example, the most common sized filter for return vents has a depth of one inch and is designed to contain one-inch air filters. So, if you choose a filter with a high MERV rating, you'll have to change it every one to two months when your boiler, heat pump, or air conditioner gets a lot of use. This is the metal box that contains the fan, the fan motor, the condenser coil and the compressor, many of the fundamental components of the air system that allow warm air to enter and cool it before it circulates through the house.
The more particles a filter catches, the faster it will fill up with dust, pollen, pet hair, and dander, etc. When deciding between using a 1-inch or 2-inch air filter for your home's HVAC system, there are several factors to consider. If your system is only compatible with either 1 or 2 inch filters then using one with too high of an MERV rating could be harmful. A 1 inch thick air filter with less surface area will clog quickly and need replacing more often than its thicker counterpart. The best option is usually to upgrade to either 2 inch or 4 inch filters as many cabinets allow for either size.
It's relatively easy to remove an old 1 inch filter and replace it with one that's two inches thick. Most return air grilles also accept 2 inch filters instead of just 1 inch ones. If you do decide on using a 1 inch MERV rated air filter then make sure to check it every month during peak heating or cooling months and replace when it's too dirty or sooner. Depending on your home size you may have more or fewer intake holes but most homes have two covered by an air filter. If your boiler compartment is only 3 inches thick then using a 1 inch furnace filter is better than using one that's 4 inches thick. A 1 inch furnace filter with an MERV rating between 6 and 8 should last up to three months even with heavy use but if you choose one with higher ratings then expect to change it every one to two months when your boiler or AC gets heavy use.
For example, most standard sized filters for return vents have depths of one inch and are designed to contain one inch filters. In conclusion, when deciding between using either 1 inch or 2 inch filters for your HVAC system there are several factors that need consideration such as size compatibility, MERV rating and type of filters needed.
Upgrading to either 2 inch or 4 inch filters is usually recommended as they provide better fitment which prevents unfiltered air from passing through as well as providing better filtration capabilities due to their larger surface area.