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AIR CONDITIONING FILTER TIPS & CHOICES FROM COOL DEPOT
Changing your Air Conditioning filter should be an essential part of home maintenance. It keeps your expensive equipment running smoothly and helps safeguard the health of your loved ones.
Using fiberglass filters in the central air conditioning system ensures greater ability to attract dust particles.
Fiberglass filters contain a light adhesive to prevent dust from clogging ducts in the home and from collecting on the evaporator and condenser coils.
Fiberglass filters are inexpensive, but you need to replace them at least once every 30 days. Many retail outlets and home improvement centers offer packs of three to five filters for under $5.
Placing pleated filters in the central air conditioning system appeals to the cost-conscious.
Replace pleated filters every 90 days.
Although pleated filters can cost the consumer less money, the disadvantage of using pleated filters is that over time dust can accumulate on the filter, causing less efficiency and greater energy use when the central air or heat is active.
The air conditioner with HEPA filters if you suffer from allergies such as pet dander, mold and pollen.
HEPA filters are made from recycled paper providing for high performance in homes and businesses where people are sensitive to allergens floating in the air.
HEPA filters contain smaller pleats than standard pleated filters to prevent dust and other allergens from accumulating on the filter.
HEPA filters may be used for 30, 60, 90, or 120 days.
A hog hair filter falls under the category of washable air filters. They somewhat resemble a flattened bundle of plastic coated thread.
The main advantage to them is that they can be washed.
No more trips to the store to get a new disposable filter.
They have a life span of two to three years.
Hog hair filters are pretty inexpensive too. They cost about $5.00 -$10.00.On the down side, they are not very efficient.
Hog hair filters only capture 10 -15% of the particles in the air.
An electrostatic Air Filter is very efficient. It removes up to 95.3% of airborne particles.
An electrostatic filter uses electro statically charged polypropylene and polyurethane filtration medias to attract particles as small as .3 micron. (1 micron = 1/25,000 in.) A safe static charge is produced by forcing air across the filter. This static charge attracts and traps airborne particles into the filter just like a magnet.
In addition to keeping the ductwork clean longer, an electrostatic filter can also help keep air conditioning coils from being coated with particulates. Cleaner coils function more efficiently so the system operates less minutes per hour. Simply clean your electrostatic filter every 3-4 weeks with mild soapy water and allow to dry before re installation.