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What Are the Different Types of HVAC Filters?

August 27th, 2020 by cverdone

AC Filters

One of the easiest but most often forgotten maintenance chore is replacing our home’s HVAC filters. These filters are vital to maintaining our health and keeping our HVAC systems running effectively and efficiently. Perhaps you may now be wondering about the different types of filters and what they can filter to replace the ones you currently have. Let’s take a look at four types of filters that are used in homes and commercial properties.

Fiberglass Filters

Typically, fiberglass filters are used throughout many homes, primarily for their affordability. While they do a sufficient job in filtering the air, this filter caters more towards protecting our HVAC system than our health. This means that fiberglass filters have the lowest straining or filtering ability than other types of filters available.

Pleated Filters

Pleated air filters, or pleated furnace filters, are traditionally made from a wire synthetic media and are now the new norm for standard air filters. As its name suggests, this type of filter is folded into pleats, increasing the filter’s surface area for added filtration capabilities. This filter not only protects our HVAC system but can also effectively filter dust, dust mites, pollen, and other pollutants. Pleated air filters are suitable for improving indoor air quality for those who frequently suffer from allergies.

HEPA Filters

You might have heard about HEPA filters in commercial properties like schools, hospitals, restaurants, and more. They are also used in vehicles. So, it is no surprise that HEPA filters are now being used in residential homes as well. This type of filter can remove at least 99.97% of air contaminants. In addition to the pollutants that pleated filters can filter, HEPA filters can also capture mold, bacteria, and viruses.

Washable Filters

Another type of filter that is rising in popularity is washable filters. Washable filters offer a reusable and environmentally-friendly solution when it comes to replacing your current filters. Although it is known that procuring this type of filter will cost more than the filters mentioned above, they will save you money in the long run. Depending on its MERV rating, washable filters can trap carpet fibers, spray paint, fabric protector, humidifier dust, lead dust, and more.

Experts You Can Trust

Perhaps you are beginning to feel overwhelmed about choosing the right HVAC filters for your needs. You are now possibly searching for an expert HVAC company you can trust to help you select and replace your current filters. Contact us at Thornton Heating Service. We are a licensed company that offers our HVAC expertise and understands your needs.