Many hardware and online stores offer a myriad of furnace filter models, each with a name and claim of its own, and price tag, too. When considering many things such as the brand of the furnace, the dimension of the filter, the amount of dust and pollutants in the indoor air, the air contaminants in the neighborhood, the required care of the filter, and your budget; choosing a filter becomes rather challenging.
Here is something to simplify it for you.
There are many disposable fiberglass filters. They are cheap but somehow ineffective in blocking small particles. They’ll cost you much in the replacements they need. Consider the benefit and downsides before using them.
Then, there are washable or permanent electrostatic furnace air filters which save you from using electricity and still attract particles rather well. When you check online stores, you’ll find an astounding list of models of this kind. Some guarantee 95% efficiency of large particles and 77% on smaller ones.
Other filters have embedded antibacterial agents in the layers of catch pads. They even come with warranty. Pleated furnace air filters are also available. They are strengthened by several layers of material that catches more dust, making them potent in allergen reduction; they are also cost-efficient.
Electronic air cleaners are a good kind because they use charge to attract mold, pollen, small particles and viruses. High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter (HEPA) filter is a top choice for allergen reduction but it may not be the honest need of your home since it is not always compatible to standard residential furnaces.
Really, there is no need to exaggerate your home and family’s needs in terms of buying a furnace filter. When many models make claims only to justify the price, you should be checking them even more closely. You might be surprised that just the average type that is rightly priced is actually enough to keep your indoor air very healthful and safe. You only need to give the filter the cleaning and replacing it needs.
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