Air conditioning filters can be a bit of a mystery to homeowners. If you have ever taken a stroll down the air filter aisle in your local home improvement store, you will find bewildering an array of variant options. Air filters come in different sizes, types, and efficiency ratings, so how do you choose the right filter?
Selecting the right filter is an important measure you need to take. For example, are you interested in taking extra precautions for your family’s health reasons? Or perhaps you are looking to save money on air conditioning energy bills.
Types of AC Filters
- Flat Panel Filters – A fiberglass material, and the cheapest among other types of filters but comes with the lowest efficiency ratings.
- Pleated Filters – Typically made of polyester, and the result is higher efficiency levels. The pleats mean that there is more filter surface area in the same space.
- HEPA Filters – High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters look like pleated filters, but they are common in commercial spaces that require high-level contaminant control.
- Washable Filters – They are durable and can last much longer than the other types of filters. These reusable filters require constant care and maintenance.
Before you go shopping and purchase AC filters, make sure you know what kind of heating and cooling system is in your home.
Filter Size Matters
Make sure you buy a filter that perfectly fits your style and home! A filter that is too small will not sit properly in your HVAC system, and a filter that is too thick won’t fit inside your furnace. Don’t stack filters just to increase the thickness, as it may cause performance issues in the system.
How Often Should You Replace Your Filters?
If a member of your family has allergies, like young children, the elderly, or have pets, we recommend changing your air filter every two months or so. Replace it more frequently if the allergy symptoms are more chronic.
If your family didn’t suffer from respiratory illnesses or have no pets inside the house, you can safely replace your air conditioning filter every three months. Set an alarm on your phone or put a note on your calendar to remind you it is time to replace the filter already. Some of the latest types of smart thermostats come with filter change reminders on their system, which can be sent to your inbox.
If you have any questions about HVAC filters or need any HVAC services, such as HVAC repair or air conditioning service, don’t hesitate to give our team at Green Tree Heating & Cooling a call! We have a team of fully licensed, insured, and certified HVAC experts that are always available and ready to provide the best heating and air conditioning services like no other!
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