Ask us anything

How can I select the ideal air filter for my Carrier Infinity® 98 gas furnace to enhance indoor air quality and system efficiency?

Selecting the ideal air filter for your Carrier Infinity® 98 gas furnace is essential for enhancing indoor air quality and system efficiency. Here are the steps to choose the right air filter:

1. Determine Your Air Quality Needs:
Identify your specific indoor air quality requirements. Consider factors such as allergies, asthma, or sensitivity to particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, and odors.
2. Understand Filter Types:
Different types of filters are available, including disposable fiberglass filters, pleated filters, electrostatic filters, and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. Understand their characteristics and filtering capabilities.
3. Check Your Furnace Specifications:
Refer to your Carrier Infinity® 98 gas furnace's user manual or consult the manufacturer's guidelines to determine the recommended filter type and size for your unit. Carrier may specify a certain Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating.
4. Consider MERV Rating:
MERV ratings range from 1 to 16, with higher numbers indicating better filtration. Select a filter with a MERV rating that matches your indoor air quality needs while ensuring it's compatible with your furnace.
5. Balance Filtration and Airflow:
Keep in mind that higher MERV-rated filters provide better filtration but may restrict airflow if not matched to your furnace's capacity. Ensure the filter doesn't cause excessive pressure drop, which can strain the HVAC system.
6. Filter Material:
Choose a filter made of materials that capture the particles you want to filter out. For allergens and smaller particles, pleated or electrostatic filters are often suitable.
7. Filter Size:
Measure the filter slot or existing filter to determine the correct size. Filters come in various dimensions, such as 16x25x1 inches or 20x20x4 inches. Use a filter that fits snugly without gaps.
8. Replaceable vs. Washable Filters:
Decide whether you prefer replaceable or washable filters. Replaceable filters are more common and easier to maintain. Washable filters require periodic cleaning.
9. Budget Considerations:
Consider your budget for filter replacements. HEPA filters and certain specialty filters can be more expensive than standard filters.
10. Environmental Impact:
Think about the environmental impact. Some filters are reusable and eco-friendly, while others are disposable.
11. Consult with an HVAC Professional:
If you're unsure about the right filter choice or have specific indoor air quality concerns, consult with a Carrier-certified HVAC professional. They can recommend the most suitable filter for your needs.
12. Monitor Filter Replacement Schedule:
Maintain a regular filter replacement schedule based on the manufacturer's recommendations. Typically, filters should be replaced every 1 to 3 months, but this may vary depending on your usage and air quality needs.
13. Perform Indoor Air Quality Tests:
Consider conducting indoor air quality tests to assess the effectiveness of your chosen filter and identify any additional air quality improvements needed.

Selecting the ideal air filter for your Carrier Infinity® 98 gas furnace involves a balance between filtration efficiency, airflow, and your specific indoor air quality requirements. Careful consideration and regular maintenance will help you enhance your indoor air quality and the overall efficiency of your HVAC system.
Connect to virtual expert

Our virtual experts can diagnose your issue and resolve simple problems.