If you are looking for basic particulate filtering, pleated air filters, also known as pleated media filters, are a good option. There are many brands of pleated air filters available in a variety of stores, making them easy to buy and keep in stock. Be sure to check your filter size because there are various standard sizes for pleated air conditioning filters, as well as furnace filters, at the store.
Do you have itchy eyes, runny nose, or a nagging cough? Your air filter could be the culprit for your illness. Clogged and dirty air filters can’t work to clean allergens from the air that can cause many people to have those nagging symptoms. There are several different kinds of filters, including fiberglass filters and pleated air filters that are readily available at most home improvement and retail stores. Don’t purchase your air filter based solely on price. In most cases, you will be sacrificing quality, which can cost you more money in the long run.
The many different kinds of air filter may seem confusing to consumers, but you need to determine the purpose of your air filter. If you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma, then you will want an air filter that is efficient at cleaning particulates from the air. If not, then your air filter can be one that is somewhat efficient at cleaning particulates from the air, but that is most efficient at keeping dust and debris out of your HVAC system where it can cause problems that can cost you money in repair bills and in electrical costs.
Pleated air filters are one of the options for homes that need some particulates cleaned out of the air, but it is not essential that the air be as clean as possible. Many brands of pleated air filters are quite efficient at removing particulates from the air, as determined by their MERV (Minimum Efficiency Rate Value) rating. This rating gives consumers a way to gauge how efficient an air filter is at removing particulates from the air that they breathe. A MERV of 11 means that the air filter is up to 95% efficient at capturing particulates that come into contact with the filter and a MERV of 6 means that the filter is up to 45% efficient.
There are many standard sizes for pleated air conditioning filters so it is important to find the right one for your particular heating and air system if possible. Making pleated air filters even easier to use are the ones that expand in size to fit your heating or air conditioning system perfectly. These air filters are great for those hard to fit systems to keep the air from moving around the filter rather than moving through it. If an air filter does not fit tightly, then air and particulates can bypass the filter and can cause damage to your air system.
The pleated media for air filters is sometimes even electrostatically charged, which can help attract more of the particulates like dust and pollen to the filter. Most pleated air filters are treated with microbial protection to help keep mold and mildew from growing on the filter, which can cause breathing and health problems and can cause the filter to become clogged. Both of these technologies make pleated air filters a great choice for most homes.
Whether you choose pleated cylinder air filters or flat pleated air filters, make sure that it is the right one for your system. Then you are sure to have an air filter that will be efficient and that will work exactly as it was designed to.