Fixing It With Dee: Finding the right air conditioner filter
By Dee Armstrong
You have probably already turned on your air conditioner at home. But, did you change the filter?
There are several different kinds and they have different pros and cons.
Let's see how you know which is best for you.
There are standard air conditioning filters. They are made of inexpensive cardboard and fiberglass. It only costs about a dollar. However, it only filters out about 10 percent of the air born pollutants and debris in your house. But, it allows the air to flow freely, which helps it to operate better.
Another type of filter is the washable filter. It's usually made with a sponge like material that will capture about 90 percent of the bad stuff. However, you have to wash them every two weeks.
Will you do that? Also, the longer you have them, the harder it is to get them clean.
They can cost between $30.00 and $100.00
Experts say they are so dense they restrict air flow, so your air conditioning system has to work harder.
There is also the pleated filter which costs about $10.00 to $15.00. It lasts up to 90 days and the pleats give it more surface to capture the junk. So, you get about 60 percent filtration of the bad stuff. However, it does restrict air flow and makes the system work harder.
So which one do you choose? Well, do you have pets and pollen or someone in your house have asthma? Then you might want to the best filtration, which is the washable or the pleated.
Believe it or not, some experts say they like the fiberglass ones because it allows better air flow and if you change them more regularly; they work.
Letting your filters get dirty and clogged can cause your system to freeze up, which could end up costing you a lot more money that a clean filter would.
Decide which filter you need and change it on time.
There are electronic filters that you can have installed by a professional. But, these are the basic do it yourself filters.