An HVAC system is one of the most worthwhile purchases you can make for your home, which is just one reason why it is vital that you take good care of your investment.
One of the best ways to ensure that your air conditioning system will last for many years is by changing the filter every 30 to 90 days, depending on your filter type. This is an important step in air conditioning maintenance to ensure that your air conditioner will work for years to come.
There are many HVAC air filters out on the market with various pros and cons. Which is the most suitable for your home?
Washable Air Filters
Permanent air filters are also known as electrostatic or washable filters. The static electricity present in them attracts up to 94 percent of the pollutants in the air.
Generally, it is recommended that you wash these about every three months, a process that only takes a few minutes. Warm water is all that is necessary to clean them.
With regular cleaning, they usually last about five years, which means their initial cost will be recouped over time.
Fiberglass Air Filters
Certain types are made of fiberglass. These filters are relatively inexpensive and work well to eliminate large contaminant particles from the air.
They are often found in homes without pets or where the occupants don’t have allergies or health conditions due to the basic protection they provide for large particles.
However, they don’t protect against smaller contaminants and are not suitable for those who suffer from allergies. Fiberglass air filters typically require replacement every month.
Pleated Air Filters
Pleated air filters are widely used in homes across America and consist of higher air resistance combined with a pleated V-shape. This is due to the pleats creating a larger space to filtrate the air in your house. They are relatively inexpensive and come in a wide variety of sizes that fit most HVAC systems. Pleated air filters start at around $4 and typically last up to 4 months.
High-Efficiency Air Filters
High-efficiency air filters, or HEPA filters, are effective in removing both large and small contaminants from indoor air. Small contaminants HEPA filters remove include bacteria, different types of pollen and mold.
HEPA filters are the best choice for those who are looking to protect their home from allergens that might cause reactions because the filter’s ability to catch particles which are 0.3 microns big. HEPA filters run a bit more at around $15 but they last on average around 6 months.
Keep Your AC working Well
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when purchasing an air filter. Using the type they recommend and the correct size will help your HVAC system run efficiently and economically for years to come.
If you are looking to upgrade to a more efficient HVAC system for your home, contact ABC Home & Commercial Services to get your AC ready for the hot San Antonio summer.