It must be that time of year because this topic keeps coming up so... here
we go again. I moved in the last 2 months into a home with an HVAC system
(York heat pump system). This is my first experience with a forced air
system, my previous homes were all electric (baseboard & ceiling) heat. (I
live in the southwest Virginia mountains.) It appears as if the system
installed in my new home has a non-standard air filter. It is 30x30x1
which I cannot find in any stores (even a local HVAC place). Because of
this and the potential future problems of obtaining filters I was looking at
these permanent, washable filters. I'm looking for recommendations and
I like the sounds of this Boair 5-stage filter (www.riteair.com) but I'm
sure there are many other, similar filters. So... edcuate me!!! Thanks.
I use the 3M Filtrete filters and like them very well. I'm fortunate in
that I can find my size locally. However, there is a place online that
will supply custom sizes, including yours, in cases of 6 or 12. These
are not reusable filters, but they did rate highly in the recent
Consumers Reports evaluation of furnace filters. Can't say anything
about the company selling them because I haven't done business with them
myself, but I do recommend the 3M filters:
I don't have the size filter you have but the HVAC guy that serviced my A/C
last summer said the cheap fiberglass filters were the worst thing you could
That being said he was trying to figure out why my a/c wasn't working so
when he opened the area where the "A" coil was I expected to see it filthy
with dirt, it was clean.
I used to use the cheap fiberglass filters, now I use the pleated type there
good for 3 months ,and not too expensive if you get them on sale.
15-year HVAC tech here, at your service.
York heat pump?? Sheesh. Filters are going to be the LEAST of your
For the record, 30x30x1 is an unusual size, but should be available in a
*good* HVAC supplier. I'm not from your area, so I can't recommend
anything... check your phone book under "sheet metal suppliers" or
"ductwork". 1" fiberglass is fine, and a case of 12 shouldn't cost you more
than $30 or so. If you go for the fancy-looking pleated ones, you'll spend
alot more and change them more often. They trap finer particulate, but
won't help remove allergens, smoke, or odors. By "permanent washable", I
assume you mean the "electrostatic" types sold in home centers. A waste of
money, IMO. I use disposable, 1" fiberglass in my forced air system. I
change them whenever they get dirty... sometimes 6 or 7 times a year, all
depends on use. Good luck.
If you order them a case at a time a good HVAC dealer can special order any
size you need. I would recommend a cheap pleated paper filter. The
fiberglass mesh filters are to course, and miss allot of dust, which in turn
gets lodged in your airconditioning coil!
Depending on what model York you have, and how it was installed, you got a
Those that bitch about York products normally are not well versed with the
systems, and would like you to think they are crap.
The ONLY systems that lasted in the deserts of CA were York...so feel good
about what you have...it is why I sell, and own them.
Just down below you guys..not that it matters..but the system will hold up
well in this climate.
I am gonna ask dumb question..cause we cant see it from here.....did they
leave the air filter door on the air handler for the filter? If so, and its
over a 3 ton unit, they are odd sized.
Unless your duct work was set up for the higher static pressure
Check with your local Johnstone supply...there are a couple up your way, and
if they dont have it, check with Virginia Air Supply. They normally wont
sell to a homeowner, but its worth a shot as they are your local York
supplier here in the South.
Thanks a million for the advice. I have a the local York dealer in my town
coming tomorrow to inspect it. I found out yesterday they were the ones
that installed it and they told me they hadn't been out to service it since
1998? Shessh! The previous owner was obviously NOT into preventative
maintenance (as I can attest to with other maintenance chores I've had to do
since moving in). I'll probably get them to order me a case of the filters.
CBHvac, thanks for the kind words, I'm glad to hear you're happy with the
York brand. To answer your question about the "air filter door" it may be
a bit more complictaed than that. The air filter is inserted through a slot
at the bottom of the air handler and is them covered by a strip of heavy
duty sheet metal (I guess that's what it is). There is no "door. On the
other side of this slot is the return air ducting. The complicated part is
that the whole system is also connected to solar panels (and a heat
sink/heat storage area) that make up the entire south side of the house.
The solar system is currently not working but I had a "solar specialist" out
2 weeks ago and he thinks we can get this working at minimal cost (need some
new heat sensors and maybe a blower motor [he's going to try replacing the
capacitor first] and if that doesn't work than the whole blower).
Thanks again for the supplier names and advice.
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