Why Choose a High Efficiency Filter Over a Standard One?
The proper maintenance and cleaning of your HVAC system will greatly enhance its overall efficiency and cost to run. If you notice that your unit doesn’t seem to be working at its best, check your filters.
If your filter is clogged and dirty, your blower motor will work extra hard to push air through, elevating the risk of the motor burning out and failing. When your unit parts are trying to overcompensate for filter issues, they are wasting unnecessary energy, causing you to have a higher electric bill.
If you’re curious about the efficiency of your filters, take a look inside your ducts. If you see dust and debris, your filter isn’t doing its job and your HVAC components probably don’t look much better.
If your major concern is cost, standard filters (disposable fiberglass, disposable pleated) are your best option, as they offer basic protection of equipment. Electrostatic filters (disposable or washable) are more efficient and use attraction and impaction to capture debris and particulates. However, maintenance and convenience are a factor, as they generally require more washing and drying to remove mold and bacteria (for permanent/washable options).
High Efficiency Filters
High-efficiency filters are pleated and very thick. They are more efficient for unit protection and also provide homeowners with a higher quality of breathable air. They also:
- Remove the greater amount of debris and particles.
- Are ideal for homes with allergy sufferers, elderly family members, or children.
- Offer maximum protection for HVAC system, cleaner ducts.
- Capture mold spores.
- Are preferred for those with concerns about germs, viruses and bacteria.
- Are likely to lower utility bills due to the more efficient performance and lack of overcompensating parts.
Consider the type of HVAC system you have and what you are looking for in a filter, and which factors or more important to you (quality or cost). Consult a professional if you have any questions or concerns, or just don’t know which would be best for you and your current system.