Everybody who has an air conditioning system has replaced its air filters before. No matter if you are vigilant about replacing your AC filters as often as your Apache Junction AC technician recommends, or if you forget it for months on end only to pull out a dusty filter, chances are, you are not quite sure what filter options are available and what benefits and disadvantages are connected to them. Fact is that replacing your air filter regularly should be part of your Air Conditioner maintenance regime.
Here is a short list of the most popular air filters for Apache Junction AC systems :
1. The Basic:
The basic air filters are popular, because they are inexpensive and are available everywhere from Walmart to Target. They only provide minimal air filtration and prevent large particles from getting into and damaging your AC unit. Typically made from fiberglass and sometimes polyester and reinforced with metal grating, they are popular thanks to their availability, low price point and ease of installation. On the other hand, they do not really improve the air quality in your home and have to be replaced every 4-6 weeks.
2. Filter Frames With Replacement Pads:
These are still pretty inexpensive, but a step above your basic fiberglass filters. The offer about the same kind of protection, but are actually a bit cheaper than the fiberglass kind, because they only need to be replaced every other month. They are popular because the stickiness on one side helps to trap small particles and to ensure that you get a proper fit, they can be cut to size. Like the basic model, they are somewhat lacking in catching and trapping smallish particles, if that is what you want your filter to do.
3. Pleated Filters:
4. Washable Filters:
Washable filters are not the most popular filter type around, but they are out there. They are exactly what they sound like, filters that are washable. Washable filters are also known as permanent electrostatic filters and should be washed monthly and be allowed to dry completely before reinstallation. They are reasonably priced and can last as long as 10 years, but need to be washed frequently for best performance.
5. HEPA or High Efficiency Filters:
These filters filter even the smallest particles out of the air. But the tighter the weave, the poorer the airflow which can lead to a significant increase in your utility bill or even premature equipment failure.
Also keep in mind that most HVAC filters were not designed to improve the air quality in your Apache Junction home, but to prevent your HVAC system from getting damaged. Make sure you have an air filter that fits, change it on a regular basis and for any HVAC or filter related questions talk to your Apache Junction Air Conditioning contractor during your next AC maintenance check. Comfort Experts recommends regular AC maintenance checks and filter replacement for best airflow and AC performance. To schedule an appointment call us today!
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