How To Choose The Right Air Filter For Your Home

Choosing the right filter for your home is a duty that often gets overlooked in lieu of more obvious decisions about your home: tile vs. wooden floors; how many tens of thousands do you want to spend on those new kitchen cabinets; central floor heating vs. the antiquated alternative. It’s safe to say there are quite a few decisions to make when you are buying a new home. But with modern advances in technology, many people don’t have any idea about the options they have.

Today’s post aims to educate our readership on how to buy air filters. We will tell you about the three standard types of air filters that are on the market (mechanical air filters, pleated air filters, and electronic air filters), with the benefits and drawbacks of each. So if you are in research mode concerning air filtration, you’ve come to the right place at Brookaire. We are committed to bringing you exceptional products and quality service. Check us out for air filters, air filtration equipment, engine filter oil, V-belts, A/C filters, and more! But for now, let’s focus on the types of air filters you can buy, so you can decide which will be right for you.

 

Standard Mechanical Air Filters

Mechanical air filters are the most common type of air filters found in homes. They are functional in regards to most household heating and cooling operations. They also use a combination of synthetic materials to trap pollutants and other undesirable materials such as debris, dust, and other extremely small particles. Fiberglass air filters are a great example of of standard mechanical air filters typically found in homes. Their biggest benefit is the price; they are typically inexpensive. Their greatest drawback is probably the filtering operation itself; standard mechanical air filters only filter 10% of the air pollutants from your home.

Pleated Air Filters

A leader in the filter industry, pleated air filters are very popular for a few different reasons. Pleated air filters excel in removing dust and allergens from the air in your home. That first point is reason enough for some, but a second point is that pleated filters actually help your HVAC system run better, which in turn helps your walls and floors remain clean. Those two reasons coupled with the fact that they are some of the most energy efficient air filters on the market make pleated air filters a great option. One con of installing pleated air filters is that they do require frequent cleaning, typically once every month or so. Even if you clean them often, you still should be looking to buy a new air filter replacement three to four times per year.

High-Efficiency Air Filters

High-efficiency filters are the most intriguing option of the three here. They tend to be the priciest of the three options, but on the other hand, they can eliminate 85 percent of airborne pollutants. People use these filters to limit their allergic symptoms. If you are considering going with a high-efficiency filter, make sure you check on the MERV rating with your system. Some fan motors simply don’t have the power to support a more modern system like this. If you are considering replacement air filters, or perhaps upgrading your HVAC equipment online, consider Brookaire for all of your home air filtration needs.