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Tips for Choosing the Best AC Filter for Allergy Season | C. Woods Company

Choosing the Best AC Filters To Keep Allergies at Bay

One of the most important things for homeowners to remember about their air conditioning unit is to replace the air filter often. When the air filter is clogged and forgotten, it not only decreases the efficiency of the AC, increasing the bills, but it also reduces the air quality within the home. Thus, those in the household could become susceptible to illness and allergies. That said, which air filter is the best and which filter should homeowners pass up on? 

There are three filters listed below that are all great choices for any home. Homeowners can continue reading to learn more about each one and decide which will work best for their home. Above all, the main thing to remember is to replace the air filter often!

Fiberglass Filtersfilter

Fiberglass is a spun glass. When used as an air filter, it works great to capture large particles in the air. This air filter usually has a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating between 1 and 4. The benefits of fiberglass filters include: 

  • Inexpensive
  • Can be found anywhere
  • Efficient at filtering large particles 

The main disadvantage to this type of filter is that it doesn’t filter out small particles. In turn, this type of filter doesn’t do well to reduce asthmatic and allergy symptoms of those in the household. If someone in the home has asthma, it is probably best to choose a different air filter. 

Reusable Filters

This type of air filter is also known as an electrostatic filter. The main benefit of an electrostatic air filter is that it can be washed and reused. This not only helps save money on air filters, but it helps save the environment as well. Reusable air filters are by far the most eco-friendly filter option on the market today. Some other benefits of reusable air filters: 

  • Up to ten times more efficient than disposable air filters
  • Traps 94% of dust and allergens
  • Convenience 
  • Saves money

Unfortunately, this type of air filter doesn’t perform much better on the MERV scale than the standard fiberglass filters. That said, if homeowners plan to buy the fiberglass filter, they might try investing in a reusable filter instead. They are more expensive upfront but can be used as many times as the homeowner likes. 


HEPA Filters

High-Efficiency Particle Air (HEPA) filters are notorious for being the best air filters on the market. In nearly every way, this air filter outperforms its competition. Yes, they are some of the more expensive air filters on the market, but they provide the homeowner with many good benefits.  
  • Great for reducing allergens in the home
  • Can eliminate coughing, sneezing, and troubles breathing
  • Effective as removing large and small particles from the air

The biggest drawback of this type of filter is that they sometimes become playgrounds for mold and other bacteria to grow. The pleats in the filter can make it hard for air to get through, which traps in moisture and allows for those sorts of things to grow. 

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Tyler, TX homeowners trust the professionals at C. Woods Company for all things AC-related. Their reliable contractors won’t rest until the job gets done right and everything works efficiently. They also strive to always ensure the homeowner is happy with a job well done. They even have coupon offers directly on their website. Call today for AC maintenance services!