There are a few home maintenance items that are easy to neglect if we aren’t intentional. One of those tasks is changing the air filter. I don’t know about you, but every time I go to the store I’m confused about which kind of air filter to buy. Do the cheap air filters (less than $5 for a 3pack) or the expensive, pleated air filters ($12-$20 for one) work best? Expensive usually means better, right?
What Kind of Home Air Filter is Best?
Since I have no idea which home air filter is best, I decided to ask an expert who’s been in the commercial and residential HVAC business for over 25 years. Here’s his summary:
The cheap, blue air filters block major dust particles and prevent damage to the air conditioning unit. The expensive, pleated air filters block allergens and other minuscule particles but actually make your unit work much harder. So, unless you have extremely bad allergies, you get more bang for your buck by using the cheap filters and replacing them once a month.
So, there you have it. Expensive isn’t necessarily better.
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