A clean, debris-free air filter is the key to a healthy a/c system. If you’ve never changed your household’s a/c filter before, you may be overwhelmed by the array of filter options available. Read on for some of the factors you’ll want to know before you select a filter for your a/c unit, as well as the four most common types of filters on the market.
What Filters are Available?
Filters generally fall into one of four categories: fiberglass, HEPA, pleated, and washable.
- Fiberglass Air Filters – Made of woven fiberglass mesh that is designed to attract and retain particles that pass through it. These filters are inexpensive and effective, but do require more frequent replacing than some of the other types.
- HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters – Remove essentially all particles from the air, and are quite popular in hospitals, nursing facilities, manufacturing plants, and other businesses where sanitation and clean air are a must.
- Pleated Air Filters – These are essentially fiberglass filters that are built around a wireframe, providing more strength and stability. These filters are longer-lasting than fiberglass filters, making the higher initial cost worthwhile over time.
- Washable Air Filters – Can be washed and reused for years. Some of these filters are HEPA-certified, which means that they can filter out essentially all airborne particles.
What Should You Consider When Choosing a Filter?
There’s no one right choice for every family or household. However, some of the factors you’ll want to consider before purchasing a filter include:
- Cost. Fiberglass filters are usually the most inexpensive option, while pleated or HEPA filters can be more expensive. However, breaking this initial down over the filter’s expected lifespan can yield more accurate results for comparison purposes.
- Convenience. If you don’t want to worry about checking, cleaning, or replacing your filter on a regular basis, a pleated or HEPA filter may be your best bet.
- Filtration capacity. Some households don’t need a top-of-the-line filtration system. But if members of your household have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, a HEPA filter may be the clear top choice.
If you need help installing your air filter or want some more tailored advice about which filter you should choose, A/C Designs can help. Our professional, courteous team members have serviced just about every type of system on the market and can help you find the right filter for your a/c, lifestyle, and budget. Just give us a call or fill out the short contact form on our website to get into touch with one of our professionals today.