A filter is a must if you have a lung condition or suffer from a respiratory disease. A filter is not necessary if you live somewhere with low levels of pollution. Merv 13 filters are an important tool to stay healthy, keeping your environment safe.
Pleated air filters
While you can buy a standard air filter, you can also buy pleated air filters for your home. Pleated filters trap and absorb particles, and have a higher dust holding capacity than conventional filters. They are typically made from 100% non-woven synthetic material. They support a moisture-resistant, paperboard frame with diagonal supports. They are also equipped with a wire reinforced panel for added strength and rigidity. The filter’s efficiency is measured by its MERV ratings.
HEPA air filters trap dirt particles and dust in four ways. First, they trap larger particles that are difficult to trap and then trap them. Particles larger that 1.0 microns are caught in the filter fibers and cannot pass. Inertial imposition, which traps the largest particles, is the third method. The fourth and final method, called “ion exchange”, captures even the smallest particles. HEPA filters can capture particles as small and as small as 0.3 microns.
Activated charcoal/charcoal filters
Air cleaners made from activated carbon/charcoal are great for your car’s cabin. These air purifiers can remove the majority of airborne contaminants. Activated carbon is particularly effective at removing smoke particles and vapors. Activated Carbon filters are also effective in removing mold odors. The filter’s quality is determined by its density and amount of activated carbon. LifeSupplyUSA’s 2-Pack Replacement filter is a great example of an activated carbon filter that does a great job keeping your home clean.
Flat fiberglass filters
Fiberglass filters can be an economical option for air filtration. These filters have the disadvantage of not being able to capture particles smaller than 3-10 microns. These primary pollutants are responsible for reducing indoor air quality. Pleated air filters can trap 75% of particles between 3 and 10 microns. Because of their durability and low cost, they are the preferred choice for homeowners. They aren’t great at preventing particles and allergens from entering the home.
Washable air filters
If you are looking to give your HVAC filter a thorough clean you can use a mild household cleaner. After cleaning the filter, dry it thoroughly. This is best done outdoors using a gardenhose. However, it is not necessary to do it indoors. To remove more stubborn buildup, you can use an adjustable sprayer or faucet. Once the filter is clean, you should let it dry in a well-ventilated area, as excess moisture can cause mold and fungus growth.