Choosing the right type of air filter can not only improve the efficiency of your unit, but it can also improve the cleanliness of your air and save you money on your gas or electric bill. Before you choose your best air filter, consider the type of heating system that you have, your budget, and the MERV rating of each filter (this will tell you how well the filter traps airborne particles).
Types of Air Filter Replacements
Fiberglass Air Filter
These filters are the most basic type of heater filter available. They’re made from spun fiberglass and work well for trapping large airborne particles like dust, lint, and debris. However, they don’t work so well for trapping small particles like allergens or pet dander.
Electrostatic Heating Air Filter
As the name suggests, these heater filters are made from cotton or paper that has been electrostatically charged. This charge works to attract airborne particles of all sizes, which makes these filters good for homes with pets or smokers.
Pleated Cotton, Paper or Polyester Air Filter
Pleated filters are made from either cotton paper or polyester and are a popular choice among homeowners. The material is efficient for removing small particles like mites and spores, but the filters need to be changed often to avoid clogging your heating system.
Washable, Permanent Air Filter
Otherwise known as “permanent” air filters, washable filters don’t have to be replaced on a regular basis. Instead, they can be gently washed to remove their trapped parties and returned to your heater.
Professional Heating Air Filter Replacement Services
At Timothy Off, we recommend an air filter replacement every 3-6 months, depending on how large your home is and if you own pets or live with people who smoke. While changing your filter is pretty easy in most systems, some homeowners don’t feel comfortable doing it themselves, and that’s why we’re here. If you’d like a professional to perform your heating filter replacement, just give us a call.