Furnace air filter
The opening that I want to match (after brackets are removed) is 6" by 20" tall by 22" wide
After removing the old filter, I could see the model number I need to replace is Aprilaire 213
Bought a 4-pack of proper filters from Aprilaire. Replaced my impromptu filter. I like the accordion style. They can ship in much smaller boxes. Then just unfold and slide in. And they fold up smaller in the garbage.
|Date of Filter Installation||Notes|
|February 2019||Installed wrong filter type, but previous filter was all gunked up with dog hair|
|April 2019||Model 213|
|April 2020||Last of 4 Model 213 filters installed. Need to order more. I'm following the schedule enforced by the Nest thermostat so I'm not recording everything here.|
New house, new filters
Also need to replace the plastic pleats that are all broken:
What's a MERV?
Every time I order filters, my vendor has re-arranged their website. This time they have even dropped the Honeywell filters in favor of a cheaper Magnet brand. I'm still not entirely sure whether we use 16x25x4 or 16x25x5 filters and now I get to figure it out all over again with a new brand and new set of part numbers.
An important detail is that the furnace calls for part number FC100A1029.
Our air filters are 16x25x4 Merv 11 Honeywell FC100A1029 (http://www.airmechanicalinc.com/honeywell_filter_fc100a1029_16x25_2_pack.html)
Follow this link: http://airmechanical.hasyourfilters.com/ And search for our filter part number shows me this product:
Replacement Filter for Honeywell (AM1625) Fits Models F25, F35, F50, F100 F150, F200, F300, 203719 FC100A1029, FC200E1029 F100F1012, F100F2002 Size 16x25x5 (15 3/4x24 3/4x4 3/8)
Ahah! 16x25x5 has an actual depth of 4 3/8". So that is what I want.
A 5-pack of those filters are $31/each with shipping only $9.00. Not bad.
Bah, Air Mechanical switched to a cheaper brand of filter. They are unlabeled and are slightly too big now. And I just bought a batch of 5 of these. I really have to work to wedge them in.
Looking for a local supplier
Ordering through Air Mechanical the filters cost $35 each and shipping is $30. I've got to find a local supplier. It looks like Lowe's is the only hit for a local supplier. https://www.google.com/shopping/product/7316905024457172226?biw=1145&bih=907&q=fc100a1029&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.81456516,d.cGU&tch=1&ech=1&psi=loCHVJ2xNMq5ogSimoLYBg.1418166423583.18&prds=paur:ClkAsKraX-ecfu0ucFfSimU5RD4QWtrq7u53Dl_SFMVrN4PUeLGVdPuE13ZFYoPfC2TWm_dQxjSLJeoE5BKjlI9bgfMNuzI7pwIbQiNagnYHQIT5NOyzEDzQeRIZAFPVH70N6xGJGsjqQ3TrO35mCNhaB3NWOw,oid:2018564058998831618&lsf=seller:3136905,store:12686908953129303002&ei=9YGHVIv3FcPZoATdm4GQDQ&ved=0CHEQ3QswAA
A comment on the Lowes 16x25x4 filter complains that it is really 4.5 inches thick, which is exactly what I want.
|4/1/2008||Changed filter after about a year. Used last filter on hand. Bought 2 more filters.|
|12/18/2008||Changed filter after the fireplace put a lot of smoke into the system. Took out a MERV 8, put in the first MERV 10.|
|1/1/2010?||Changed filter after furnace stopped working for renter.|
|?||Hopefully some changes were unrecorded|
|3/30/2013||Completely filthy. Went to Home Depot for replacements.|
|2/21/2014||Some dust bunnies, but not clogged. Used last spare, need to buy more.|
|12/8/2014||clearly dirty and time to replace. Used 16x25x1 since that is all that I could get from Home Depot. It doesn't fit perfectly and I should probably order the right filters... The 16x25x1 filters were about $20 each.|
|1/1/2015||with more dogs and more people in the house, I switched to thinner filters that I replaced more frequently. I went through 3 in 3 months.|
|4/8/2015||After the pollen burst in the spring, replaced with longer-lasting 16x25x4|
|9/22/2015||Season is switching from AC to heat. Checked the filter and it looked pretty dirty, so put in a new one. Also vacuumed out the ducts as far as I could reach around the filter.|
|sometime in 2016||Not all that dirty. Forgot to record the new filter installation.|
|2/24/2017||It has been cold enough to keep the furnace going a lot this winter. The filter was pretty grey and fuzzy when changed.|
|7/15/2017||After a few days of wildfires in the Gorge, changed the filter and you could see the ash|
|12/30/2021||First change after moving back from St Louis. Looks pretty clean, no dog hair.|