AC filters are essential for capturing contaminants, preventing them from circulating in your house. There are several types of AC filters, each with different capabilities. Learn about the various types of AC filters that you can use for your air conditioner in Awendaw, SC.
Fiberglass Air Filters
Fiberglass air filters trap large particles and have a MERV 4 rating. This means they cannot trap tiny particles such as dust.
For this reason, they’re not the best option if you have an allergy or asthma. However, fiberglass air filters are affordable and disposable.
Pleated Air Filters
Pleated air filters’ MERV rating are between 5 and 8. They’re effective at filtering tiny particles such as pollen and pet dander, which also makes them more expensive than fiberglass air filters. For these filters, the more the pleats, the higher the effectiveness in trapping pollutants.
A professional service technician can install air cleaners in your HVAC system to boost your indoor air quality. Air cleaners use UV filters to destroy bacteria and other disease-causing organisms circulating in your home. The filters use UV light technology to eliminate these contaminants; however, they’re not the ideal option for trapping dust particles.
Electrostatic Air Filters
Electrostatic air filters trap particles using static electricity. The filters work just like magnets in that they give airborne particles a different charge from that on the filters’ plates. Therefore, when air passes through these filters, the plates attract particles such as pollen and pet dander and trap them.
The MERV rating for these filters is between 1 and 4, meaning they can capture pollutants whose size is greater than PM10. This initial efficiency applies when the filters are clean. As they trap more pollutants, the efficiency reduces.
Contact Carolina Custom Air for expert HVAC services. We’re a family-owned company, and our professional service technicians treat our customers with honesty and respect.
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