Have you heard about washable air filters and wondered if they were right for your Bristol, Pennsylvania, home? Wonder no more. Learn how these filters work, what they do, and what they don’t do before deciding if you need to ditch the throwaway filters for the washable ones.
How a Washable Air Filter Works
Washable filters are also known as electrostatic air filters. These filters are made of several layers of vented metal sheets. The air passes through the layers, and the molecules in the air become positively charged. This creates a static electricity buildup to help trap the dirt and dust. Instead of replacing your filter each month, you’ll remove and clean it with a hose, which is why they’re considered washable.
There are a few good reasons to choose a washable filter. You won’t need to spend money every few months on a pack of filters. If you take good care of your washable filter, it can last for several years. It’s also environmentally friendly because you won’t throw anything away. Plus, the filter catches smoke, dust, smog, pollen, pet dander, mold, and lint.
For every positive to washable filters, there is a downside also. While washable filters can collect larger particles and allergens, they can’t trap the smallest airborne allergens that other filters can. All filters block airflow to a certain extent, but washable filters can block more if they aren’t cleaned on a regular basis. This means your HVAC system has to work harder.
Cleaning sounds easy but it takes time. You’ll need to clean each filter layer separately, put the filter back together, and wait to reinstall it once the filter is completely dry. Failing to clean a washable filter thoroughly makes it less efficient, and putting it back wet can lead to mold.
Consider your air quality needs and how much time you want to devote to cleaning your filter each month before you make the leap to these filters. If you’re ready to improve your home’s indoor air quality, contact Custom Aire Air Conditioning, Heating & Duct Cleaning today at (215) 638-1800.