We all know that air filters keep our heating and air conditioning units in our homes working efficiently. The purpose of furnace filters are to catch and trap particles like dust, pollen, and pet dander that can circulate throughout your home. Choosing the best air filter for your home is important, but can also be confusing because of the different varieties that are on the market. If we want to keep the air in our homes clean and healthy as possible, we have to be diligent in keeping a clean air filter. Keep in mind, not all air filters offer the same performance.
Washable air filters can effectively catch larger particles like dust and soot. If you have a pet, the pet dander is too small to be caught in this type of filter. Even bacteria, viruses and smoke are not effectively filtered out by a washable air filter. Washable or electrostatic air filters are usually only available in lower MERV ratings.
Disposable air filters are more effective in capturing small particles like dust, allergens, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, and viruses. Disposable air filters are also available in MERV ratings as high as MERV 16.
Washable air filters require you to maintain them monthly. Once you have washed off all of the dust, you must make sure that it thoroughly dries before placing back in your unit. If installed when it’s damp or wet, you are inviting bacteria and fungus to form, and then circulating it throughout your home.
Disposable air filters simply require you removing the old one, tossing it in the garbage, and replacing with a new one every 1-3 months. Disposable air filters take less time and less effort when it comes to maintenance.
Washable air filters are costly and most are designed to last several years.
Disposable air filters are reasonably inexpensive.
If you would like to learn more about these two types of air filters, or need help determining if you are using the right AC filter, please visit www.filtersfast.com.