Since there’s a good chance that you’ll be using your furnace on a regular basis this winter, it’s important that you choose the right type of air filter to keep the air flowing and clean. Here, we’re going to briefly discuss the importance of changing your air filter, and then we’ll take a look at the four different types of air filters for winter use.

The Positive Effects of Air Filters

The singular task for your heating equipment’s air filter is to capture dust, debris, contaminants, and pollutants so that they are not redistributed into your air. Since these filters fill up after a while, it’s important that you either clean or replace them every one to three months so that the operation and effectiveness of your system is not impeded.

Four Different Types of Air Filters

Here’s a quick rundown of the types of air filters you can choose from:

  • Pleated — If allergies are a concern, the use of a pleated filter is the perfect choice because it is very efficient in capturing dust that may otherwise cause health problems. Pay close attention to the filter’s features, because not all of them will protect against chemical pollutants and odors.
  • Washable — The most convenient and cost-efficient type of air filter is one that can be washed instead of replaced. Keep in mind, however, that these filters are most effective once they are covered by a single layer of dirt.
  • HEPA — A high-efficiency particulate air filter has the ability to capture as much as 97% of all particulates that would otherwise be released into the air, in addition to stopping most allergens. However, the drawback is that these filters are so efficient that they can actually block airflow.
  • Fiberglass — These disposable filters can easily be switched out as needed and don’t cost very much, which makes them perfect for people who are on a tight budget. Unfortunately, although they are somewhat effective in capturing certain particles, you could be left with poor indoor air quality.

If you need more information on air filters for your home or business, please contact the experts at Jackson & Sons. We’ve been serving Eastern North Carolina since 1974.