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The Complete Guide to Choosing an Air Filter for Your Home

Published: April 16, 2021

You rely on your home’s air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable on hot summer days. You also rely on your air conditioner to keep the air circulating throughout your home clean. The type of air filter you use in your system can greatly affect the performance of your system and the quality of air it puts out.

The Complete Guide to Choosing an Air Filter for Your Home

When choosing an air filter, there are several options on the market, and the options can be overwhelming. Here is our guide on how to choose the air filter most appropriate for you.

Fiberglass Air Filters

Fiberglass Air Filters are the most inexpensive type of filter. They are also disposable. They keep mostly large particles out of the air, but aren’t great for keeping dust and other small particles out of the air. If you or anyone in your household is prone to respiratory problems or suffers from allergies, a heavier-duty filter may be required.

Pleated Air Filters

Pleated air filters are made of cotton or polyester fibers. The pleats in the design increase surface area and do a better job of catching pollutants and particles like pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust than a fiberglass filter does. These are slightly more expensive than a fiberglass filter but are more effective.

HEPA Filters for Your Home

Do you know what makes a HEPA filter so special? The acronym HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. These types of filters are recommended if you or anyone in your home suffers from allergies or respiratory problems. They are more expensive than pleated filters or fiberglass filters but filter over 99% of harmful pollutants in the air. However, with higher-grade HEPA filters, the more difficult it becomes for your system to pull in air. Check with the professionals at Service Tech, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning to find a HEPA filter for your system.

UV Filters

UV Filters are used in air cleaners, and they may be built into the system. By using ultraviolet light, they can kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms in the air that pass through the light. These filters are not designed for blocking pollutants and large particles, however. If you have concerns about poor air quality, a UV filter can help address them.

If you still have questions about what type of air filter is the best fit for your home and air conditioning system, give the professionals at Service Tech Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 205-488-4714 or contact us online. We are always happy to answer your questions and help find the best fit for your home, family, and air conditioning system.


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