HVAC Filters 101 – Which One Is Right for You?

Running your AC as much as we do here in Arizona can be hard on your unit but also on the air quality inside your home. Even though we don’t think much about them, it’s important to change the AC filters in our home almost every month. Dirty filters are riddled with dust and germs, which are then passed through your system and into the air inside your home.

Regularly changing your filters will improve the air quality in your home and also prolong the life of your AC unit. Changing filters is important, but the type of filters you use is important, too.

There are multiple options for AC filters, so it’s important to choose which one is right for you.

Generic Filter

Most people use generic filters for their home. While they are inexpensive, they may not trap as much of the dust and bacteria in your home. If you can see through it, then that means it’s easy for contamination particles to go right through it.




Pleated Filter

Pleated filters are a little more expensive than generic filters, but they are able to catch more of the air contaminants than a generic filter, because of its creased design. It can keep plenty of contaminants out of your system, which will extend the life of it.



Electrostatic/Permanent Filter

Generic and pleated filters are disposable, but electrostatic filters are permanent. Instead of replacing the filter, it can simply be washed out. These filters use static electricity to trap dirt and dust without restricting the airflow to your system. Electrostatic filters are a great option if you have pets in your home, or if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Even thought these are permanent, they should be washed out regularly.



HEPA Filters

HEPA filters are generally used in schools and hospitals because they’re great at filtering out germs, bacteria and viruses. Even though they are the highest quality air filter, they are still relatively inexpensive. But, if they are not maintained regularly, airflow can be restricted.

Every family has different needs, so ask the experts here at Parker and Sons to help you decide which filter is right for you. Schedule your next service call online today.

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