Installing the right furnace filter can significantly improve your indoor air quality and keep your family healthy. But, with all the different brands and varieties available, it isn’t easy to figure out which are the right ones for your home. Here are several available options.
Paper Air Filters
Paper air filters are usually made from corrugated cardboard and cellulose fibers compressed together inside a metal screen frame. This type of air filter can efficiently trap large particles, making it an excellent choice for preventing dust from accumulating in your home. Paper air filters don’t hold up as well as other types of furnace filters. Depending on how often you replace them, they could last from one to three months before they will need to be replaced again.
Electrostatic Air Filters
An electrostatic air filter uses a charged material inside a container to collect dust and other particles from the air. When this material gets full, you replace it with a new one. This type of filter is highly efficient at removing small particles from the air because of its strong electrostatic charge. They are also effective at removing large particles, like lint, hair, and pet hair.
High-Efficiency Air Filters
High-efficiency air filters use a synthetic material that traps dust, pollen, and other airborne particles without restricting airflow. HEPA filters are more expensive than electronic ones, but they last longer. However, you will put in a lot of effort in cleaning and changing them when they become dirty or worn out.
Electronic Air Filters
These air filters use tiny metal plates to generate an electric charge that attracts airborne pollutants, which are pulled into a collection plate. The particles are collected by a blade that sweeps across it from time to time. These types of filters work well, but you’ll need to replace them more often than HEPA filters. Most manufacturers recommend changing them once every three months.
At Quick Comfort, we offer services for air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, and thermostats to the residents of Central Illinois. If you need more information about air filters for your furnace, contact Quick Comfort today!