Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Home

At ALPS, we always remind our customers about the importance of regularly changing their air filters. But, we have heard that many customers feel overwhelmed when they are actually walking down the aisle of their local hardware store.

Flat, pleated, reusable? How are homeowners supposed to know which option to purchase for their specific HVAC system?

We’ve come up with a few notes about the most common types of air filters and their features to assist homeowners in making an informed purchasing decision:

Option #1: Basic Air Filters

This first-level choice will keep your unit functioning. Basic air filters trap large particles before they wreak havoc on your HVAC system. But, because it is the cheapest option, it’s also unable to make a noticeable difference to air quality. These types of filters need to be replaced monthly, so after a few changes, you may want to upgrade to a longer lasting model.

Most basic models are easy to replace and can be found in home improvement and grocery stores, but if you have allergies or dislike the idea of constant replacements, you may want to move on to another option.

Option #2: Framed With Replaceable Pads

This is the second-level choice when it comes to filters. The overall filter does not need to be replaced, just the pads that capture grime, dirt and debris. This upgraded filter is able to absorb smaller allergen particles from circulating through your home.

But, because it absorbs more debris, it also needs to be replaced frequently, usually every two months. If you don’t have the time to regularly change your filter, you may want to move on to Option #3.

Option #3: Pleated Air Filters

This is the luxury model of air filters. HVAC professionals tout these filters as the most efficient. Many customers who don’t have time for regular maintenance choose pleated air filters. They are durable and have slim replacement requirements. Allergy sufferers will be happy to know that pleated filers are able to trap fine particles and improve indoor air quality.

As an added bonus, this type of filter will only need to be replaced once a year!  The catch? Before purchasing, make sure to check with your Alps technician to determine if you need to refit your duct work to accommodate for this filter’s wider design.

Not sure what air filter is right for your HVAC unit, we’re happy to help! Visit our website to schedule a consultation.