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All Your HVAC Filter Options Explained

When it comes to keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, your HVAC system is your best friend. However, in order to help it function properly, there are a few items you need to take care of every now and then. Aside from regular maintenance, which can catch any small issues before they become bigger ones, there is an essential part of your system that needs attention most often: your air filter.

You have a lot of different options to choose from when it comes to what type of filter you use. We're here to explain the differences as well as highlight the important role your filter plays in the functionality of your HVAC unit.

What You Should Know About Your HVAC Filter

It Helps to Keep Your Air Free of Debris

Your filter’s main job is to catch dust, dirt, and other debris before it has the chance to make its way into your HVAC system. Depending on your personal situation in your household, it can be catching a lot of debris and preventing you and your family from breathing it all in.

It Needs to Be Changed Often

As time goes on and your filter catches more debris in the air, it becomes dirty. It’s best to change your filter every 60 days to keep your system functioning properly. However, if your household contains a few pets or someone with irritating allergies, the filter should be changed more frequently to keep all those particles out of the air.

A Dirty Filter Can Cause Problems

The main problem that a dirty air filter presents is limited airflow. If your unit is stifled by a dirty filter, it will have to work harder to function, using more energy and driving up your utility bill as a result. Beyond that, a lack of proper airflow and lead to hot and cold spots in your home or no air production at all

What Type of Filter Options Do I Have?

Fiberglass Filters

These are going to be your most inexpensive option on the market. Often thin and disposable, these filters provide better protection to your HVAC system itself, since they catch the least amount of particles. They will get the job done, but if you have allergies or other respiratory problems, you may want to consider upgrading.

Pleated Filters

These filters use polyester or cotton folds to catch dust, dirt, and other debris that may be circulating in your air. If you opt for this filter, try to get one with more plates, as this will do a better job filtering the air.

Electrostatic Filter

These filters catch dust and other particles in your air using an electrostatic charge to pull them in. Certain models of this filter can be washed and reused, but it's important to check your manufacturer's instructions to ensure your model has this capability.

HEPA Filters

These filters actively catch up to 99% of allergens and other debris in your home's air. Highly efficient within your HVAC system, these filters are particularly good to use if someone in your home struggles with respiratory problems

UV Filters

If you're looking to remove contaminants and pollutants from your air for health reasons, a UV filter might be a good option for you. These filters catch and kill microorganisms, bacteria, and viruses, that could otherwise harm the health of you and your family. The only downside is that they are not sufficient when it comes to protecting your HVAC system from debris.

What Air Filter is Best for My Home?

The type of filter you'll want to use in your personal HVAC system will depend on a few factors:

  • Your Home Needs: You should invest in a more efficient filter if someone in your home has respiratory problems or allergies.

  • Your Budget: Typically, the more efficient a filter is, the more it costs.

  • Your Maintenance: If you would prefer to not have to change your filter as often, you may want to invest in a more efficient model that lasts longer.

Trust Iceberg Heating and Cooling for Your HVAC Needs

Whether you're unsure what air filter may be best for you or you're in need of HVAC repairs or maintenance, the team at Iceberg Heating & Cooling has you covered. We always prioritize your health, safety, and satisfaction, so you can trust us to get the job done efficiently.

For more information or to schedule a service, give us a call at (734) 375-1119.