There are many question concerning HVAC systems that Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing hear all the time. A common one is which type of air filter is better for my air conditioning system. The two major types one must choose from is the disposable air filter or a washable or reusable air filter. But which one is better? This is really only a question you can answer. However Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing will share some basic information about both filters to aid you in you own decision as to which one you would personally prefer.
Cost of Air Conditioner Filters
Disposable Air Filters – The materials of fibers used to make a disposable air filter will depend on their cost. Most disposable air filters can range from a few dollars to $15 per filter. Of course the cost will differ from not only the materials but the size as well. Additionally another consideration is how often you will need to replace your air filters. Depending on your home living environment such as kids and pets, some homes will need to change their filter every other month to every 4 to 6 months. However on average most homes change their air filter about every three months. So add up the cost of what each air filter cost you a year.
Electrostatic Air Filters – Washable filter upfront cost much is more than disposable air filters. However with proper cleaning, a single washable air filter can last several years. So where the cost up front may seem way more, add the expenses of your yearly cost of disposable air filters versus the cost of using washable air filters. Some will say you save more money using washables.
Convenience of Air Filter Types
Disposable Panel Air Filters – Especially during the hot summer months an air filter should be changed every month to three months. Old disposable filters get removed and discarded or disposed of and the new ones replace them. This can take a matter of minutes out of your day. This leads to the fact that disposable air filters are much more convenient.
Washable Air Filters – Washable air filter means that once a month you will need to check them. If they are dirty remove and thoroughly clean the filter each time. Additionally, you will need to allow the filters to dry before placing them back which leads to a long time without air. Most who choose to use washables will get a second set to make the change out quicker and give them more cleaning and drying time. This makes it slightly more convenient. However you will need to still wash the filters making them a less convenient choice.
Air Filter Efficiency
Throwaway Air Filters – Most people assume disposable air filters have poorer efficiency than the washable due to price difference. Depending on the type of disposable air filters used, they actually have a much higher rating not only for good air flow but they capture more air pollutants.
Reusable Air Filters – Washable air filters have actually a poor rating when it comes to their efficiency versus their disposable competitors. They become more easily compacted and over time, lose their finer fibers that help to capture more air pollutants.
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Each type of filters has their own benefits as well as disadvantages, but in the end it will be up to the homeowner to pick and choose the right air filter for their home. Both types of filters do the job of providing air flow and circulation to your air conditioning unit and help capture air pollutants. Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing wishes you luck in choosing the right filter for your home. For all of your HVAC needs, contact us today.