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Are Washable HVAC Air Filters Good?

Do you know how important it is to replace your HVAC air filters regularly? HVAC units require having air filters in place to help purify the air as it circulates throughout the system. As air moves from your rooms through the return vents, it passes through the air filter. This helps to capture dust, pollen, allergens, mold, and other particles that would otherwise be returned to the air supply. This helps keep your conditioned air as clean as it can be.

Are Washable HVAC Air Filters Good?This is important to help keep your home healthier for you and your family. A home with lower levels of dust, pollen, and other particles means it’s easier to breathe. That’s especially important for those who already have respiratory illnesses. Of course, it’s nice to have a cleaner home too. Less dust in the system means less dust to circulate and settle onto your furniture. Plus, over time, it will keep your HVAC system in better shape, meaning it will be more reliable, have lower repair bills, and have a longer lifespan.

Are you sold on investing in good HVAC air filters?

What kind should you buy?

A lot of homeowners are used to disposable air filters. They’re convenient; just replace them with a new one at least once a season, or more depending on how active your household is.

What are washable air filters? Washable electrostatic air filters are washable and reusable, which appeals to some homeowners. Washable air filters us multi layers of filtration media - usually a woven polypropylene - that has an electrostatic charge.

Airborne contaminants become positively charged as they move through the filter system. The air filter works as a magnet and picks up debris as it passes through. This keeps the output air supply cleaner as it recirculates throughout your house.

From an environmental impact, these are preferred to using disposable filters. Washable filters can be reused again and again for up to 10 years.

Washable filters, in general, cost more than their disposable counterparts. It is important to take into account you’ll be paying more upfront, but you won’t have to invest in new disposable air filters every year.

Also, keep in mind that washable air filters are still playing catchup to disposable. Because disposables are used more frequently, they have higher MERV ratings and will pick up smaller particles than washable.

What’s the best air filter for you? Talk with one of our HVAC technicians today.

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