Electrostatic filters can help ease the congestion in your home by trapping particles. These filters use static electricity to attract particles using paper and cotton fibers. While dust and allergens are stuck to the filter, they cannot circulate through the home. These filters are disposable and reusable.
The affordability of electrostatic filters is what gives them their charm. They’re disposable and only need washing if you decide not to throw them away. These are best at attracting tiny pollutants. Although, more effective filters are recommended for people who need especially clean air.
These are the most common type of air filters. They can reduce at least 99.97% of pollutants in the air. Doing this earns them a U.S. Department of Health recommendation. HEPA filters are the go-to for people with respiratory issues because they can trap the smallest particles.
HEPA filters only need a replacement every few years, so there’s no need to worry about forking over tons of money to keep your home’s air clean. For those with odor issues, you might need to look elsewhere. HEPA filters aren’t great at removing gasses and fumes. Homeowners with especially bad mold issues might replace the filter more than usual.
If you’re looking for a filter that will work to stamp out bacteria, a UV filter is a great choice. Using a short-wave ultraviolet light, this filter disinfects air passing through your HVAC system. Doing so, eliminates allergens before they come into the home. These are even more beneficial in the fall and winter.
A drawback to UV filters is that they’re not as helpful as other filters against dust and other particles. The installation of the home air filtration system is more complicated compared to washable filters.
The wide and sturdy filters have high MERV ratings and present the important benefit of preventing static pressure. When pollutants come into this filter, they are well-sealed. They are very cost-effective and don’t need frequent replacements.
Pleated filters use cotton and polyester folds to trap pollutants. There are several types of pleated filters. The ones with more pleats are more effective at catching things such as mold and dander. As effective as they are, your HVAC system will work harder to drag air through the fabric. This can lead to a loss of energy efficiency. They are still effective, recyclable, and long-lasting option to keep your air clean.
You can now begin deciding what air filtration system will keep you and your family breathing easier. Some filters and filtration systems have greater strengths than others. All the options mentioned above are great at doing their job of protecting you and your family.
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