The air conditioning system in your Jefferson, Louisiana, home helps maintain a comfortable atmosphere throughout the hot, humid summer. It’s also responsible for helping maintain the quality of the air you breathe. The filter within that system is a necessity to maintain healthy air, and many people wonder if they should use washable filters rather than disposable filters. Here are some of the reasons a washable AC filter might not be the best option.
One of the key differences between washable and disposable HVAC filters is their cost. You’ll spend more on a washable unit because the idea is you only have to purchase one. However, you’ll also spend money on soap and water to wash the filter regularly. Disposable filters are reasonably priced and don’t require the hassle of washing. Instead, simply swap out the dirty filter for a fresh one, and toss the old unit in the trash.
Washable HVAC filters require you to spend more time taking care of them. Most HVAC equipment manufacturers recommend changing the filter at least once every month or two, which means you’ll be taking out and washing the filter up to once every 30 days. It’s especially important to keep up with filter changes if anyone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma. A clean filter can make a big difference when it comes to keeping the air in your home healthy and reducing allergy symptoms and other health concerns.
Most of the washable filters available have low minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ratings. This rating refers to the size of the particles the filter can prevent from entering your cooling system. Many homeowners prefer to use filters with higher MERV ratings to maintain cleaner, healthier indoor air, so you’ll need to opt for disposable filters to get this option.
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