Most of us aren’t really experts on the best type of filters for our homes, families, and lifestyles. When it comes to deciding on the type of air filter to use in your home, one factor tends to play the largest role in decision making: cost. Rightfully so, everyone wants to save money wherever possible. When individuals are looking for ways to save on home maintenance, they are usually excited to hear about washable air filters, and we totally get that. Although the concept is great and cost is relatively low, that doesn't mean washable filters are the best option for your home.
One positive washable filters have over pleated filters is they don't have to be replaced as often. You simply vacuum and rinse. They cost between 50 and 60 dollars--what you could easily spend on traditional filters in just a few months. This consideration alone is enough to convince many homeowners that washable filters are the way to go. Although the low price is very appealing, they still need to be replaced around every 10 years. There are other incredibly important factors that surely outweigh the cost benefits.
Washable filters are composed of multiple layers of vented metal. As air molecules pass through the first layer, they become positively charged by the friction of the air on the metal. Dust and other pollutants then attach to the other layers as they pass through the filter toward your system.
Improper filtration can lead to high repair costs or system failure! Pleated air filters can achieve more efficient filtration, while putting less strain on your system. You'll rest, and breathe, easy knowing that your air is actually clean and that you aren't slowly killing your HVAC system.