There are many AC filters now on the market, from washable filter around $30
to the special disposable around $9.99 down to the cheap blue stuff around
$3.00. I remember last time I bought a middle of the road 20x20x1 filter it
was priced around $3.99 for one and $9.99 for a three pack. Today I was at
HD and it is now $7.99 a piece? What happened? Where did the medium priced
AC filter go? Which one gives the best bang for the buck?
Easy the best value for the buck $0.57 blue fiberglass filter. For the
you can not beat it.
Better filter helps somewhat with allergies and reduces dust.
Rating gives you size of particles removed. Higher rating also makes
blower motor work harder (increases chance of failure). So unless you
really need that 12+ rating don't buy those....
Best Value? Dont think so. Those blue filters only stop golf balls and
leaves. Almost no protection at all for your furnace. Not to mention
that it does absolutely nothing for your indoor air quality.
Use the filter that makes sense for your circumstances.
I cannot live with a el cheapo blue fiberglass filter, whether it cost
$0.57 or $1.29 I am mold spore sensitive and these simply do not trap
enough dust and mold to keep my body peaceful.
At a minimum, I want a Merv 8 pleated filter. Yes, they place an
additional load on the fan. However, the filter frame in my unit was
changed out from a 16x20 to a 20x25 to partially compensate.
Additionally, pleated media filters are available in 4 inch depths to
fit inside standard filter frames. Honeywell filters use this media.
You won't find these in stores, you'll have to find a Honeywell dealer
to buy them from, or find them online. These are also Merv 8 and Merv
10 filters. A 4 inch deep pleated filter will come close to the fan
loading of a el cheapo fiberglass filter, especially in the first 30
days. When you change them out, every 90-180 days, htey will be HEAVY
with all the dirt collected.
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