A Guide to Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Air Conditioner at Home

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Air Conditioner at Home

1 February 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Almost everyone knows someone who experienced an impaired air conditioner on what seems like the hottest day of the summer and you may even have had that particular experience yourself. Unfortunately, a broken air conditioner might occur as the result of using the wrong or dirty filter on the air conditioner, so learning the following information about choosing the right one is a good idea. 

Don't Automatically Choose the Cheapest Air Filter  

Given that so many people are creatures of habit, it is not surprising how often a shopper will simply put the same product into their basket year after year, even when better alternatives are nearby. One good example of that is the air filter that goes into your air conditioner.

For many years, the primary option for filters was the fiberglass option that is still available now. While it is certainly better than nothing, it is far from being the best choice. For instance, the fiberglass may catch some dust and germs, but about 90% of those contaminants will remain in the air. In addition, some will inevitably enter the air conditioner and cause problems later on, since the contaminants that linger in the air can be problematic for individuals who suffer from allergies or asthma.  

Choose a Better Alternative

Now that you know which options you should avoid whenever possible, it is time to learn how to choose the right ones. As you may have noticed there are many kinds of filters to choose from, with one popular choice being the standard pleated filter. In this instance, it is best to choose a filter with as many pleats as possible, since the pleats will permit the filter to trap almost half of the impurities in the air. Once captured, those impurities stay on the surface of the pleated filter, so contamination of your air conditioner is less likely.

If you want to trap as many of the contaminants as you can, you may be interested in a high-efficiency air filter. The high-efficiency air filter can be made of a pleated material or a polyester blend and is known to remove more than eight out of every ten contaminants. It is important to remember that removing as many of the contaminants from the area is healthier for everyone, even if everyone in the home is healthy and free of allergies.   

In conclusion, an air conditioner that doesn't come on or only blows warm air when it does come on can be quite the challenging during those long, summer days. Fortunately, the above examples of preventative maintenance for your washing machine will often help to avoid that unwanted challenge. To learn more, contact companies like Universal Enterprises Inc.