Air filters come in various ratings and materials, each built for tackling different levels of filtration. While you may be tempted to buy the most expensive air filter for your home, you may not be choosing the most efficient air filter for your home in particular. Let’s break down why you should consider costs and materials when purchasing an air filter.
Air Filter Material
The most common air filters that homeowners can run into are fiberglass air filters, often disposable and low cost. While low-cost can be a red flag for some homeowners, note that these filters can have MERV ratings of 1-4, which can filter out most pollen, dust, and even carpet fibers.
While fiberglass filters are great for those on a tight budget, if you want to get the best mileage for your dollar, you may consider pleated air filters, which have MERV ratings above 5, and come in disposable or reusable forms. The biggest drawback is the price with these filters, but you invest in quality materials.
While other filters, such as ultraviolet light filters, need to address HEPA filters. While HEPA filters are incredibly efficient in blocking out small particles, better than the previously mentioned filters, they are pricier and not always compatible with some residential HVAC systems. Before buying a HEPA filter, make sure your HVAC system is consistent with the filter as you could be putting unnecessary strain on your HVAC system and needing more frequent filter replacements, costing you more money.
Disposable or Permanent?
When purchasing your air filter, you need to be honest with yourself and decide whether you want a disposable filter or one you wash every few months. The benefits of a disposable filter are a convenience. Cleaning filters and HVAC systems can be tedious, but a disposable filter reduces the cleaning time.
With reusable filters, if you do not mind cleaning your filters regularly, you will save more money in the long run. While disposable filters are cheaper upfront than reusable filters, their price quickly adds up when you have to replace them versus a reusable filter you purchase once.
Choosing the right air filter for your home falls to what you want to prioritize in your home. If you have immunocompromised family members, you may want to look into higher MERV-rated filters at the cost of some energy efficiency.
Air quality involves more than just your air filters, and at Fox Service Company we can help get your home’s indoor air quality in tip-top shape. Call (512) 488-1120 to schedule a consultation with our technicians if you want to find out how to improve your home’s indoor air quality.