With all the
air filter options available, choosing the one that’s just right for your air conditioner
can be an overwhelming task. From your budget, to your family’s
existing health, to whether or not you have pets in the house, there are
several factors that go into making this decision. Here’s more information
about the different types of air filters to help you discover which is
best suited for you family’s home comfort needs.
Types of Air Filters
Fiberglass: These filters, made from thin-spun fiberglass are one of the least expensive
options out there, costing you just a few bucks each. However, they’re
also one of the least efficient. While a fiberglass filter will be easy
on your budget, it may not be so great for your indoor air quality.
Pleated: Pleated cotton or polyester air filters can be a cost effective and efficient
option, as they are fairly inexpensive and are able to trap smaller airborne
particles than fiberglass filters. When it comes to pleated filters, the
more pleats the better.
Electrostatic: These filters cost a little more but are also more efficient at keeping
your air clean. Electrostatic filters use self-charging fibers that attract
and trap airborne particles with static electricity.
High Efficiency: If you have several pets in the house or anyone in your family has allergies
or asthma, a high-efficiency filter may be the way to go. While these
types of filters won’t be found on the bargain aisle, they are by
far the most efficient at trapping particles and keeping your air clean
and healthy. Keep in mind, however, that some high efficiency filters
may be so good at trapping particles that they actually restrict airflow.
Consult an AC professional before purchasing a high-efficiency filter
to make sure it won’t damage your system.
Washable Vs. Disposable Filters
Once you’ve decided which kind of filter to use, you have one more
big decision to make: Washable or disposable? While washable filters can
be used over and over again after a thorough cleaning, disposable filters
can only be used once. Both types need to washed/replaced about once a
month. Washable filters are more expensive up front, but could save you
money in the long run since they do not need to be replaced as often.
However, most disposable filters are more efficient at trapping particles.
Improve Your Home’s Comfort Today!
Choosing the right air filter can make a world of difference in improving
your home’s overall comfort. In addition to helping you pick the
perfect filter, the Phoenix Air team can also help you boost your
indoor air quality and energy efficiency with a number of affordable solutions. Give us a
call today to learn more about what we can do for you!