I've got a Spacegard 2200 air filter. This is now sold as an
Aprilaire 210, or, at least, it uses the same replacement media. I
generally pay $20-$25 for OEM replacement media. I have the
opportunity to buy a six-pack of replacement media for $108 ($18
each), but it's under the GeneralAire brand. Now, I'm generally an
OEM kind of guy, but I'll allow that there are aftermarket
replacement parts for all sorts of things that can be as good as or
even better than OEM, often for less money. There's also a fair
amount of crap; hence my question. I can't find any comparative
information on GeneralAire media. Granted, I'm not saving a ton of
money on these, but if they are, indeed, as good as, better than, or
even close enough to the OEM media, why not? (I'm generally a
capitalist kind of guy, and this is exactly the sort of thing that
makes Capitalism work). Does anybody have any experience with
GeneralAire filter media? Am I likely to be pleased with these or
will I rue the day I placed my order? If the responses are a
resounding "I don't know", then I'll stick with OEM.
You generally need to change these once a year. You already know the
Aprilaire filters do a great job. We pulled one of a 20 year old
furnace last summer. The blower looked brand new. We put the old
case on the new furnace.
So you're considering buying 6 years of unknown quality filters to
save at most $7 a year. Why?
On Thu, 18 Jan 2007 19:34:48 -0600, Mike Hartigan
If you\'re not confused, you\'re not
As I said, aftermarket parts are as frequently as good as, sometimes
better than OEM. Indeed, it's not uncommon for aftermarket parts to
be identical to the original, save for the name on the box. I'm
trying to determine if that may be the case here. If anybody has
experience with these filters that they can share, then it wouldn't
be an unknown quality. And if I can get the same or better quality
for less money, why not? As I indicated in my original post, if I
don't get a definitive answer, I'll simply get the OEM.
There is a difference. What we have seen is from a removal standpoint
they are very close to the same. Where the difference comes in to play is
how long the filter might last. The Aprilaire product uses a filter media
that will \"depth load\" meaning that the filter will load from the back
of the filter forward. What we have seen with competitive filters is they
have a tendancy to load on the front surface and therefore may not last as
long. When you put the Aprilaire filter next to the General filter you
will see the Aprilaire product is fluffier and thicker.
You may save some dollars up front however with the uncertanty of whether
or not it will last a year it may cost more in the long run. The
Aprilaire media is designed to last a whole year in a typical installation.
Our company only recommends using the Aprilaire product. You paid to have
the best installed when you had Aprilaire installed so we recommend you
always use the original genuine replacement parts.
Mike Hartigan wrote:
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