You should change the air filters in your home. Depending on how heavily you use your AC unit, this could be every month, every three months, or even every two weeks. Your home’s HVAC system needs plenty of upkeep to keep it running as it should. Still, this is something that the average homeowner might not know how to do. We’ve put this guide together for you!
Fiberglass filters are also known as synthetic filters. While they are the most affordable option, they also don’t last as long. Although they can stop dirt and dust, there’s not much else they can do. If you’re worried about that, then you might want to choose a different filter.
Polyester filters are a bit harder to find than fiberglass ones. They’re also more expensive, but that added cost pays off. Plus, polyester traps more particles than fiberglass can. This does wonders for your home’s indoor air quality, which is good news if you suffer from allergies.
Static electricity can make a difference as well. In fact, this is how electrostatic filters work – by using static to your advantage. You will find two types: disposable and washable. The disposable filters can be thrown away when you’re done with them, but you should save the washable ones. The washable ones can withstand soap and water and then be returned to service. However, you’ve got to dry them off completely before reinstallation – if you don’t, then you run the risk of mold and mildew growing where you can’t see them.
Although they aren’t as common, you should do everything you can to find pleated filters. They do an incredible job of filtering out bacteria and viruses. More than that, they keep the airflow moving and can cut down on the contaminants in the air that you’re breathing. Think about it – that’s what every filter is designed to do, but some do it better than others.
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