Air Conditioner FiltersMany homeowners often act what is the best kind of filter for their air conditioning system. While there are many types of filters available, choosing a filter of good quality is always a good choice.

New construction and more modern HVAC systems utilize media filters. This is basically a large filter that is placed on the back side of the furnace fan system. Media filters effectively remove all particulate contaminants from the circulated air.

Pleated air filters have more surface area and are more effective than the traditional fiberglass filters. The pleats allow for more area filtration on the face of the filter. Pleated air filters are effective at removing particles in the air that range from five to ten microns.

Electrostatic air filters have four or more layers and add an electrical charge on all particles as it passes through the air filters. These filters are very effective for removing dust, dirt and other debris from the air. They can also hold odors such as smoke, mildew, mold and other odors. Unlike other types of filters, electrostatic filters are also beneficial for stopping bacteria growth from occurring.

Fiberglass panel filters are common in many homes and commercial air conditioning systems. These filters are made with fiberglass. They are inexpensive and eliminate only filter out larger contaminant particles. Although they are cheaper, they are not as effective as other types of filters.

HEPA stand for “high efficiency particulate air”. HEPA air filters can remove up to 99.97 percent of mold, bacteria, pollen that are 0.3 microns or larger. HEPA filters are generally used specific for hospital operating rooms, industrial and for portable residential air cleaners.

Many years ago, the most widely used air conditioner filter was the fiberglass type. Today, the most common type is the more efficient pleated type.

Your air conditioning filter should fit perfectly. A tight seal is required to prevent unfiltered air from entering and damaging your air conditioning system. If you use non-conventional filters, they may have a higher efficiency – but they may not fit your system. We can tell you if what you are using is best for your system.

The MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) describes the efficiency of an air conditioning filter. The higher the rating, the more effective the filter is at removing particles from the air, and the better the protection it provides for your air conditioning equipment.

For home AC systems, filters should be changed every month or two. For commercial or industrial air conditioning systems that run continuously, they should be changed every few weeks.

Go Green Express Home Services provides air conditioning and indoor air services to DutchessOrange, Ulster, Putnam and Rockland County, NY. Speak to one of our Customer Service Representatives at 866-491-2768 .