The furnace filter is an oftentimes overlooked – yet very important – part of the HVAC system in your Grand Traverse home. Choosing the right furnace filter can help you save money, extend the life of your heating and cooling system, and improve the indoor air quality in your home.
Disposable Fiberglass Filters
Disposable fiberglass filters are the type that usually come to people’s mind when they think of furnace filters. The biggest plus to this type of filter is the low cost which makes it perfect for rental properties. The biggest drawback to this type of filter is that it does little to improve indoor air quality. This type of filter has a MERV rating of 2 to 3.
Disposable Pleated Filter
With a MERV rating of around 6 these filters are a popular choice among homeowners. The biggest plus to this type of filter is that it will improve your indoor air quality to a small degree and is still relatively inexpensive. The biggest drawback is that it must be changed frequently or it will become clogged.
Disposable Electrostatic Filter
These filters have a MERV rating of around ten and come with a moderate price tag. They are a good option for homes with pets, smokers, or people with allergies. The biggest plus to this type of filter is that they have a decent MERV rating for a decent price. The biggest drawback is that custom sizes can get pricey.
Permanent Electrostatic Filter
This option has a MERV rating of around 8 and usually come with a removable, machine washable filter that is reusable up to 8 years. With a price tag comparable to its disposable counterparts, the biggest plus for this type of filter is its longevity. The biggest drawback to this type of filter is that the MERV rating is slightly less than its disposable alternative.
For more information on choosing the right furnace filter for your home and many other home comfort topics, contact our professionals at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have been providing quality heating, cooling and plumbing services since 1980.
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