Price is an important consideration when doing home maintenance by replacing your air filters, but your air filter is not only an important component in protecting your homes HVAC(Heating Ventaliation and Air Conditioning) system, it is important for protecting your family against the top concerns of health and environmental organizations such as the CDC, EPA and American Lung Association. Indoor air quality or IAQ can be 200 to 500 times more polluted than the air outside.
Listed in the chart below are the standard size 1 inch, 2 inch and 4 inch depth air conditioner filters for your AC, Furnace, HVAC at Atomic Filters. Also listed are the whole house air filters collections carried by Atomic Filters.
In addition to carrying major brands of furnace filters like Lennox, Carrier, Trion Air Bear and Skuttle we also offer custom size filters at Atomic.
Listed are standard size 1 inch, 2 inch and 4 inch depth air filters for your AC, Furnace, HVAC at Atomic Filters. We also offer custom size filters. Select the size to see a collection of filter for that size. Need to know more about MERV ratings check out our air filter knowledge page. Filter are usually listed by the Nominal Size which is a rounded number, based off of the true dimensions of the filter which are called the "actual size".
It can be fun to go to Lowes or Home Depot Saturday morning and work on a project for your home, but it is probably not the best place to buy air filters. You need to replace your filters on a regular basis to protect your HVAC equipment and to protect your home’s air quality.
When you are buying your air filter online most important thing to know is Air Filters have two sizes that you need to understand the Nominal size and the Actual Size. Not understanding these numbers often leads to consumers purchasing a filter that does not fit their Furnace or HVAC system.
Not understanding the Nominal Filter Size is the primary culprit for incorrectly purchased filters.The Nominal Size is the usually the dimensions used to Label the filter. For instance 16x20x1. These dimensions are a rounded value on the filters actual measurements. The actual measurements on this filter may be 15.5x19.5x.75, but that could vary by brand and manufacturer. So in order to make sure you have the correct size filter, especially if you are replacing with a different brand it is important to confirm the actual size on the filter. When purchasing filters on the internet the Nominal size is usually found in the product title.
The actual size as you might have guessed are the actual dimensions of the filter by length, width and thickness. This size is often on the filter right below the Nominal size and is usually labeled as the actual size. When you are buying a filter online the actual size is sometime in the product bullet point or the product description. If your filter does not have actual dimensions on the outside of the filter, you can measure you filter to get the correct dimensions. Some brands have a foam gasket on the outside of the filter, in this case, you will want to make sure you have a compatible actual size and that it also has the foam to ensure a snug fit.
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Furnace filters should fit securely but should not have to be forced into position. If you have to force the filter into its slot, then it is probably too big. Forcing an improper filter size in a filter can cause it to buckle, damaging the filter or reducing its ability to function properly. Filters are a smaller than their slot to allow for easy replacement. Some HVAC units may need a filter with dimensions that are unique or uncommon. In these cases, a custom filter needs to be ordered.