The quality of indoor air is a crucial element for many homeowners especially if the members of your family have respiratory problems. Therefore, proper HVAC filters are necessary during air conditioner installation. Studies have shown that proper air filtration can prevent allergic respiratory diseases from invading your home.
Air filters help remove solid contaminants in the air such as dust, pollen, smoke, or grease to enter your home. These filters are placed during air conditioning installation in your home. However, it is extremely important to replace it whenever necessary, especially before winter, for it to remain at its optimum working condition.
There are several types of air filters with different benefits to homeowners. Below are the different types of air conditioning filters for your home.
HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filters are filters that are known to remove at least 99.97% of airborne pollutants and allergens. This includes dust and mold spores that are as small as 0.3 microns. For this reason, HEPA filters are recommended by the U.S Department of Health.
UV filters use short-wave ultraviolet light to get rid of viruses and bacteria in the air. When air passes through your air conditioning unit, the UV lamps in your filter will disinfect it.
If you want an environmentally friendly way to save money on air filters during an air condition installation, washable filters are a good option. Washable filters, as the name implies, can be washed, and reused repeatedly. The initial cost for this type of air filter can be on the pricier side, but they are a great long-term investment since you don’t have to buy new filters every few months.
This type of air filter uses paper fibers and small cotton to create static which acts as a magnet for airborne particles and dust. It is strong enough to keep these particles from circulating in your home. They are the best choice if you need an air filter that effectively combats indoor allergens. On top of that, there are reusable options for this type of air filter too.
Pleated filters use cotton folds or polyester fabrics. They effectively filter dust and other airborne particles. The pleats in these air filters provide a better advantage compared to non-pleated options because they can increase the surface area of the filter for better filtering. They can trap difficult pollutants like mold spores and pet dander. Moreover, they can also help in suppressing the noise of the air conditioning unit.
Spun Glass Filters
This type uses strands of fiberglass and is one of the most effective AC filters available. They are cost-effective, disposable, and effectively protect your unit from debris. However, if you seek a more effective air purifier, this may not be the best option.
Media filters work the same as high-MERV filters, but they do not have negative consequences of static pressure or airflow. They are also cost-effective, sturdy, and easy to maintain.
The bottom line
We all have different needs in our homes. Make sure to get in touch with a professional before your scheduled air conditioning installation to discuss which air filter works best for you and your family. Contact Tri-City Heating & Air-Conditioning Loveland: 970-669-1772 | Fort Collins: 970-493-0126.