Available AC Air Filter Options

Posted on: April 21, 2017 by in Blog
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research finds that interior air could be 100x more contaminated than outside air, calling for a need to detoxify our homes. To improve the interior air quality, we need to ensure our AC unit air filters are clean, and to replace them when necessary.

Clogged and dirty air filters cause your AC unit to age faster by making it work harder to accomplish the same degree of efficiency. When installing or replacing the air filter consider the type and size for your unit to operate reliably, filter more particles and decrease power consumption.

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To test whether your air filter is due for replacement, consider the below points:

Air filter efficiency
With time and use, filters become less effective. Rather than capturing the larger particles, older filters are compromised and can allow them to stream into your home environment

Blocked air flow
Blocked air filters cause fans to slow down, and place a strain on the motor

Pathogenic activity
Seasonal viruses and bacteria can be reduced with the replacement of your old air filters
Monitor your environment to pre-empt high-risk periods and to take precautions regarding airborne bacteria

 

The 4 Types of Air Conditioning Filters:

There are various types of air filters in the marketplace today. Speak with an HVAC specialist to establish the best type for your AC unit.
The 4 major types of filters are listed below:

Fiberglass filters

The fiberglass AC filters are the least expensive. They have a sticky surface area where dust and particles are trapped – however small parts still tend to slip through the filter, making this type of filter the least efficient. There is no need to clean fiberglass filters as their life expectancy is only a month. When the filter is dirty and clogged this causes pressure drop, and it is simply thrown out and replaced with a new one.

Pleated air conditioning filters

This filter has an intricately woven textile with pleats that offer an additional layer of defense. The pleated surface area assists in capturing 50% more air particles than the fiberglass filter.
These filters are a little more expensive and their lifespan is around 3 months.

Electrostatic filters

Unlike the other filters which are mechanical, the electrostatic filters take advantage of static as the air molecules are positively charged by friction between the filter and the air Рdirt, dust and also various other irritants are attached to the layers in the filter as they pass through.  You can purchase these filters in differing densities and filtering degrees. Electrostatic filters are generally cleaned twice a year, by vacuuming the attached dust, and then hosing the filter down. Electrostatic filters are also suitable for duct systems.

HEPA filters

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance. HEPA filters are available in 2 categories: the “True HEPA” filters (certified to meet the HEPA standard); and other HEPA-like filters. True HEPA filters have an ability to eliminate approximately 99.97 percent of airborne particles determining 0.3 micrometers in diameter and above. HEPA-like and other sub-par filters, on the other hand, may come reasonably close, or conversely, will fall significantly short of the HEPA filtration, making them truly inferior.
True HEPA filters are thought to be one of the most effective – as a result of their high expense, HEPA filters are often advised for use in homes where people are experiencing respiratory ailments.

Whichever filter you pick, it has to be the right dimension, expertly set up, and examined frequently for cleaning as well as replacing. By doing this, you will guarantee optimal performance and energy efficiency.

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