Air Filters: If Chosen Correctly, They Do More Than Protect HVAC Equipment

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It’s only common sense that regularly replacing an HVAC air filter on a periodic basis will extend the system’s life span, lower utility bills and reduce maintenance. But air filters can do so much more. It’s critical to match your choice of air filter with the comfort and health needs of you and your family.

Use HEPA Filters to Control Allergies

High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are the best for people suffering with allergies. They offer a high level of protection for areas that are high in pollen. They also minimize problems with pet dander. If you’re considering upgrading to a HEPA air filter, consult with your HVAC service specialist to see if your system is a good candidate. These filters are so efficient, they can impede airflow in some systems, making them work harder.

HEPA filters are most commonly used in commercial environments such as hospitals, but they’re also available for residential use. When combined with an air purifier, even better results can be attained.

Washable Filters as an Economic Alternative

These filters, also called electrostatic filters, can be purchased in specific sizes or assembled from a kit. The main advantage is that they’re reuseable, although they should be cleaned often. They work by using electrostatically charged fibers that attract and capture irritants such as pet dander, smoke and household dust particles.

These filters are also effective at capturing allergy irritants such as pollen, dust mite debris and mold spores.

Pleated Air Filters Offer More Surface Area

The zig-zag pattern and larger surface area of a pleated air filter gives homeowners more bang for the buck. Their popularity is largely due to the fact that they strike a nice compromise between price, removing airborne particles, and long life due to the large surface area.

To learn more about which type of filter is right for your Lubbock area home, contact Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning. We’ve been ensuring our neighbors’ comfort in the West Texas community since 1972 and we would love to do the same for you!

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