Different Types Of HVAC Filters Explained

Sep 28, 2017

Your air conditioner gives you cool, clean and fresh indoor air during the hot summer days. Thanks to air filters. Air filters play an integral role in keeping the air in your home clean and healthy. Here are the different types of air filters to choose from.

Fiberglass Air Filters

Disposable, most affordable yet with the lowest straining ability of all the types are fiberglass air filters. They work better in protecting your air conditioning system than screening dust and pollutants in the air. If you are using this type of air filter, you might still be prone to respiratory problems.

Pleated filters

Made of polyester fabrics or cotton folds, pleated air filters are effective in filtering dust and other pollutants. Choose those with more pleats because they offer better filtering performance.

Washable Air Filters

Washable air filters cost bigger than disposable types, but save you big time in the long run. They can be removed and cleaned, so you don’t need to constantly replace them. Read the manufacturer’s specs on how to maintain filters of this type. Make sure to schedule cleaning ahead of the time. Let it dry completely because using it dump will cause mold growth and bacteria buildup.

Electrostatic Air Filters

Electrostatic air filters use electrostatic charge to magnet dust and airborne particles then prevent them from being distributed in your home. Some filters of this type are washable while there are also those that aren’t.

HEPA Filters

High efficiency particulate air filters are best for people with allergies and prone to respiratory difficulties. They are effective in screening contaminants up to 99.97% — a reason why the US Department of Energy recommends this type.

UV Filters

This type of filters uses ultraviolet lights to kill bacteria and viruses in your home. Although less efficient in screening dust and other pollutants, they are good at combatting microorganisms which are also dangerous to your health.

The variation of air filters provides choices for home and business owners in terms of efficiency, health benefits, costs and maintenance. Call an HVAC professional at Rescue Heat & Air for suggestions as to which type of air filter fits your home and comfort needs.