Wondering what type of air filter is best for your particular AC system? 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 AC Air Filters
Fiberglass Air Filter: 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 Air Filter: 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 Air Filter: 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 Air Filters: 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 Air Filters 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.
Contact HVAC Experts at A Plus Air Conditioning for Air Filter Questions
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 A+ Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 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!