Neighborhood Homes

HVAC Filters and Maintenance

Stephanie Lachance from EGStoltzfus and Rusty Ressler from Ressler and Mateer talk about air filters and other HVAC enhancements that improve indoor air quality.

Since COVID 19, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of time people spend indoors, largely because more people are working from home. So, they’re looking to improve indoor air quality.

Filter Options
We include a one-inch-thick furnace filter with the purchase of every new home.
As an option, our buyers can elect a media air filter or an electronic air filter.

A media filter enhances how much dust and dirt is pulled out of the air, reducing the amount that you’re breathing in and that is moving around your house. It will help with dust, maybe some vacuuming, pet hair, and so on. It will also help with the longevity of your system by cleaning the air and what’s passing through the central air system. And it will help keep the ductwork cleaner.

An electronic air cleaner is a step up, helping remove bacteria and microorganisms that live within the air or the dust and aggravate allergies. An electronic air cleaner has three filters:

  • A pre-filter that takes out big particles
  • A thick electronic media cell that takes even more fine dirt out of the air
  • A post-filter, which has some HEPA quality to it, taking out even finer dust and dirt

The electronic air cleaner is going to give you a superior air quality in your home.


  • You can buy a replacement for the one-inch filter almost anywhere.
  • For the media filter, we recommend replacement two to four times a year, depending on the house. If it’s an active house—young families, especially, with a lot of traffic in and out—you may need to replace it more often. Most times, though, probably twice a year.
  • For the electronic air cleaner, all three filters—the pre-filter, the electronic media filter, and the post filter—are washable, using simple household cleaners. It’s one of the added benefits of the more advanced system. Simply spray the inside cells and the filters with a simple household cleaner. Let them soak a little bit. Then hose them off, let them dry, and then put them back in the system.

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