What Type Of Air Filter Does My HVAC System Need?

Are you looking to improve the indoor air quality of your home and keep your HVAC system running smoothly? Look no further than A/C Masters! As the masters of the heating and cooling industry, we’re passionate about providing our customers with professional expertise and quality workmanship. In this blog post, we’ll share everything you need to know about HVAC filters, so you can make an informed decision and breathe easy.

When it comes to HVAC filters, there are several different types to choose from. Each type of filter has its own unique benefits and drawbacks. Understanding the differences between these filters can help you choose the right one for your HVAC system and your home.

Fiberglass filter

The most basic type of filter available is the fiberglass filter. These filters are relatively inexpensive but only catch large particles like dust and dirt. They’re not very effective at capturing smaller particles like mold spores and bacteria. As a result, they need to be replaced frequently, which can add up in cost over time.

Pleated filters, made from polyester or cotton, offer better performance than fiberglass filters when it comes to capturing small particles due to their design and material properties. The pleated design increases the surface area of the filter, allowing it to trap more particles and contaminants compared to a flat fiberglass filter. The pleats create more opportunities for particles to be caught as the air flows through the filter. Although they’re more expensive, they don’t require frequent replacement. The larger surface area of pleated filters allows them to capture more particles before becoming clogged. 

High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA)

High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters provide the most effective filtration. Constructed from a dense layer of fiberglass, HEPA filters excel at capturing small particles like mold spores and pet dander. Despite their higher cost, they only need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months.

Electrostatic filters utilize an electrostatic charge to attract and trap particles. They offer better filtration than fiberglass filters, but not as effective as HEPA filters. The advantage of electrostatic filters is that they can be cleaned and reused multiple times before they need to be replaced.

UV filters employ ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and mold spores. As a more expensive option, they’re highly effective at improving indoor air quality. Typically, UV filters need to be replaced every 1 to 2 years.

Regardless of the type of filter you select, regular replacement is crucial. A dirty filter can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system and lower indoor air quality. For a few more tips, take a look at this video created by A/C Masters.

At A/C Masters, we’re dedicated to supporting our customers and helping you make an informed decision. Our experts can answer any questions you may have and assist you in finding the best filter for your specific needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment, and we’ll help you improve your indoor air quality while keeping your HVAC system running smoothly.

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