When it comes to home maintenance projects nothing could be easier than changing your furnace filter. Changing you furnace filter on a regular basis can help improve the air quality of your home. It can extend the lifespan of your furnace and air conditioner, and it can save you energy dollars. So how do you know which kind of furnace filter is right for you?
Let's take a look at three common types. First up is a disposable fiberglass filter. These have been around for many years and they are relatively inexpensive. The problem is, they little more than prevent large particles of dirt, lint and other debris from entering the furnace. Smaller particulate matter like mold and pollen will pass right through and circulate throughout your ductwork and home.
Another popular type of furnace filter is the disposable pleated filter made from cotton or polyester fibers. These are pretty good at removing smaller particles than a fiberglass filter. However, they usually need to be changed more often because they are so dense they can fill up with dirt and reduce air flow significantly.
Lastly, there's a polarized media air cleaner. This kind of filter uses an electronically charged surface that causes fine particles to cling to the filter surface. Small particles like pollen, pet dander and fine dust are trapped. This type of filter effectively turns the filter into a whole-house air cleaner. While this type of filter is more expansive than a fiberglass or pleated filter, in many cases the media filter can be cleaned several times before replacement, which can reduce the cost over time.
Selecting the right filter depends on your furnace and your needs. If you would like more information on selecting the right filter for your home, give us a call, we'll be happy to help answer your questions.
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