Keeping up on Air filter replacement for your HVAC and Furnace is essential for a smooth running system. The problem is many of us neglect that part of home improvement and put off what we can do today till tomorrow. Before you know it you’re 5 months past due on your HVAC air filter or furnace air filter replacement. If you have very young or older people in your household this intensifies the importance 10-fold.
Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean the air is clean. Airborne Dust, Mites, Pollen, Mold etc that aren’t visible to the naked eye can give you respiratory problems down the line.
“We don’t just sell air filters. We sell convenience.”
FilterSnap Founder Shane Kenny
FilterSnap makes something you really need to do regularly, a no-brainer. I’m not big on subscription services that bleed unnecessary money from you each month but replacing your home’s air filter is imperative for proper home maintenance.
The process is so easy and FilterSnap delivers a new filter to your home or office like clockwork so you don’t have to remember, they’ll do it for you. Step 1. Enter the filter size or sizes you want. Step 2. Choose the Quality MERV 8,11,13 and Frequency for which you’d like to receive the filters. Step 3. Enter your email, delivery address and Billing Address. Step 4 Pay. You’ll be billed automatically each cycle and you can go and cancel or modify your subscription at any time. They offer 1,2,3,6 and 12 month replacement intervals.
It’s as easy as 1,2,3,4.
FilterSnap has provided the replacement filter service as a courtesy so that we could provide first hand review coverage to our readers.
Filter Quality and Fit
If you’ve ever looked at an overdue air filter for your home, you’ll notice that it gets clogged up pretty good and not only does the dust and air particles hurt you, the extra strain on your HVAC Air-Handling unit or AHU can lead to expensive repairs down the line.
FilterSnap offers three grades of filters rated by MERV in MERV 8, 11, 13. MERV or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value is a rating system for measuring the effectiveness of the filter. The levels range from 1-16 (higher is better). If you look at the specifications on air filters at Home Depot or Lowes, you can see the standardized MERV rating.
We typically use 24″x30″x1″ 3M replacement filters for our home, they work very well and have a proven track record. The 3M’s fit perfectly in the air filter receptacle in the ceiling. The FilterSnap filter arrived in a brown box, unbruised and in good condition. There’s no shrink wrap or padding in the box and only one of the pleats had a slight odd bend in it, easily pushed back into shape.
Filter looks good, the size however was slightly smaller than our 3M filter. It did still fit into our receptacle without issue, we only needed to center the filter somewhat leaving a small space on either side, what looks to be about 3/8″. This must save the company some money in producing the product but it still seems to function as well as the 3M.
EDIT: upon speaking with FilterSnap the company by design provides nominally sized filters vs exact sized filters so that they are most compatible over a wider range of HVAC systems. As we mentioned, they seem to work well and we have no issues to speak of at this time.
Price-wise the FilterSnap filters were competitive. The price includes the filter, delivery and added convenience of an automatic reminder to replace your filter when it shows up at your doorstep.
Our HVAC filter change is on a 3 month cycle, we’ll be due for our first change in about 2 months. We’ll report back with any oddities, delays or important information regarding the FilterSnap subscription service.
Air filters in your home’s furnace and HVAC system should be replaced regularly. Doing so can only raise your quality of life and elevate your quality of air, but remembering to change it can be a pain in the butt that you often times forget about. A subscription from FilterSnap acts as a reminder delivering a new filter to your doorstep regularly so you don’t have to think about it.
Basic filter MERV Rating 8 $14.00
Standard filter MERV Rating 11 $17.00
Ultimate filter MERV Rating 13 $22.00
FilterSnap Home Air Filter Subscription