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Choosing The Right Furnace Filter For Your Needs

On the surface, a furnace filter has a fairly simple job to do: prevent dust and debris from damaging your furnace’s sensitive internal components. Yet a trip to the home improvement store will quickly reveal a huge range of filter options--and prices. If you would like to learn more about what all those differences really boil down to, read on. This article will discuss how to choose the filter that best meets your needs. 

The Basic Filter

The least expensive type of furnace filter consists of little more than a couple of sheets of fiberglass. These filters are effective at removing larger particles--the sorts of things that could cause trouble for your furnace’s blower motor. Yet they are not very effective at screening out things such as mold spores and pollen. Another drawback is that such filters will need to be replaced roughly once a month during seasons of peak furnace use. 

Pleated Filters

The next step up in the filter world is a great choice for those who don’t want to have to bother changing their filter every single month. A pleated filter amounts to basically the same thing as a cheap fiberglass filter--except here the filtration fabric zigs and zags in an accordion-like manner across the front of the filter. This increases the filter area, thus allowing the filter to be used for around three months before it will need to be replaced. 

Electrostatic Filters

If you or any of your family members suffer from asthma or allergies, an electrostatic filter is well worth the additional cost. These filters are capable of capturing much smaller particles--things such as bacteria, pet dander, and even smoke--thus keeping your air as clean as possible. Better still, the solid construction of electrostatic filters means that they can remain effective for as long as a year. 

For more information about choosing the filter to best meet your needs, feel free to contact the experts at Indoor Comfort Team

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