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Pros and Cons of Washable Air Filters

February 23, 2016

You know that you’re supposed to change your HVAC system’s air filter every few months but sometimes it’s easy to forget some tasks, especially when they are out of sight. You might occasionally let HVAC maintenance slide. Washable air filters offer a convenient alternative to the disposable variety. It’s important, however, to recognize the pros and cons of washable air filters before you install them in your Jacksonville, Florida, home.

The Pros of Washable Air Filters

If you hate going to the store every few months to stock up on air filters, you might appreciate the washable models. Just wash them once per month, or as often as the manufacturer recommends. The filter’s longevity varies from one model to the next, but all of them last longer than the disposable versions.

In addition to saving time, washable air filters can also save money. Although they cost more up front, you don’t have to continually replace them. The total cost of ownership is often less than for disposable air filters. Also, since you don’t throw them out every few weeks or months, washable filters benefit the environment.

The Cons of Washable Air Filters

Just like their disposable counterparts, washable air filters fill up with dust, dirt, pet hair, and other contaminants. If you don’t wash them regularly, they’ll become clogged, which could cause poor indoor air quality or damage to your HVAC system. You have to wash them thoroughly, which means separating the individual layers to clean between them, then let the filters dry before you reinstall them.

You’ll also find that washable air filters fail to attract and trap larger particles. If someone in your home suffers from asthma, you might want to opt for HEPA air filter or another high-quality disposable model.

We’re happy to consult with your about your air filtration needs and recommend a product that will suit your home. For more information or to schedule an appointment for HVAC service, call Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating today at (904) 574-5619.

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