There are almost always more ways to save money around the house. A great place to consider taking another look at your HVAC system. Over 80% of Americans don’t change their air filter monthly. Making sure your air filters are clean and in good condition is a sure fire way to save energy and even cut down your energy bill.
When it comes to choosing an HVAC air filter, you have many options. Reusable air filters are an excellent option for most people. They are a more eco-friendly option than disposable air filters. By washing your HVAC filter, you will save more money!
On the other hand, these reusable filters can be hard to wash. Some filters may require that you use a hose to clean it properly. Also, if they are not adequately dried, the air filter can attract and capture mildew and mold particles. Reusable filters also tend to be on the bulky side.
Reusable filters are available as electrostatic options and pleated options. An electrostatic air filter is designed to trap smaller particles more efficiently than the standard air filters. Electrostatic filters are also available as disposable and washable options.
However, AirThreds Merv 8 Machine washable Air Filter is a great reusable option that combines the benefits of electrostatic filters and is easier to wash and maintain than other traditional reusable filters. AirThreds are machine washable and dryer-friendly, so they’re super easy to clean.
Additionally, AirThreds offers a wash reminder service to help keep you on track with making sure your air filters are always clean.
AirThreds filters also provide MERV 8 filtration, ideal for capturing dust mites, mold, larger dust particles, pollen (up to 90%), and helps reduce pet dander in the house. It’s a great option that is eco-friendly and easy to maintain.
Washable Filters Pros and Cons
- Washable filters are great for sustainability. For every washable filter, 30-60 disposable filters go into the landfill.
- Washable filters are extremely cost-effective, as you can save up to $100 a year instead of replacing disposable filters every 30-90 days.
- You decide how often and when they are cleaned. Some brands even have a wash reminder so you can always keep track of your cleaning schedule.
- Most washable filters tend to have limited filter merv rating options, so you may not be able to find your preferred merv rating.
- Washable filters will require more effort than a disposable air filters. These reusable filters can be hard to wash. Some filters may require that you use a hose to clean it properly.
Disposable filters tend to be more affordable (at first) and are great when it comes to trapping smaller particles. The type of disposable filter you pick will also be an important decision to ensure you have the best filter for your HVAC system.
The most popular air filters are pleated filters. Pleated filters can be durable and highly efficient and usually are available in MERV ratings of 5-12. Pleated filters are also available as a reusable option.
Disposable filters also come in Flat-panel, Fiberglass, and High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) options.
Disposable pros and cons
- Disposable filters have a wide range of MERV ratings. It’s easy to find high-efficiency disposable HVAC filters that are capable of removing smaller particles like emissions, dust, and even bacteria from the air in your home.
- They’re also very easy to maintain and install.
- Disposable air filters must be replaced every 30-90 days. The maintenance of disposable filters can add up to be pretty costly over time!
- Disposable air filters can be harmful to the environment. Most materials used in disposable filters are non-biodegradable. Especially considering these typically must be replaced every month, that can be up to 4 air filters being thrown away by each household.
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