Changing your furnace filter on a monthly basis is one of the most important tasks of general maintenance that you can do for your home’s HVAC system. However, you may find that when you go to purchase furnace filters at the store, you’re presented with 2 different types of filters: inexpensive fiberglass filters and more expensive pleated filters. So which of the 2 is the better fit for your home?
You may be surprised to hear that Nortek Environmental, Inc. strongly advises all of our customers to purchase the less expensive fiberglass filters over the more expensive pleated filters. The main reason we advise our customers to use the fiberglass filters is that they do not restrict as much air flow to your furnace as the pleated filters.
The main job of a furnace filter is to block large particles and debris from traveling into your furnace, causing potential damage to it. The less expensive fiberglass filters are just as capable of blocking these larger particles from entering your furnace as the pleated filters are.
By using the pleated furnace filters, you are making your furnace work harder than usual to draw air in as the pleated filter is so much thicker. If you really wanted to experience this for yourself, you could hold both a pleated and fiberglass filter up against your mouth and try breathing.
You’ll notice that it is much harder to breathe when holding the pleated furnace filter up against your mouth. Of course, we don’t advise doing this unless the furnace filters are sanitary and you’re comfortable with doing so.
Regardless of what furnace filter you should choose to use, there are a few important pieces of information you should know:
I want to take a moment to emphasize the importance of Indoor Air Quality and your home. While specifically during these times of CoVid-19, keeping your home’s indoor air quality as a high Priority is a great decision at any time.
Nortek Environmental, Inc. offers a full line-up of various types of Indoor Air Quality products that assist in keeping your family’s air healthy throughout the year. Whether you are looking to add a budget-friendly item into your home, or a larger investment, there truly is something for everyone.
I encourage you to take a moment to learn about the various types of MERV Ratings and Indoor Air Quality equipment Nortek Environmental, Inc. products to be installed in either your home or business listed below! And, as always, should you have any questions regarding any of these offerings, or just any HVAC-related questions, we are always here to help! Never hesitate to give us a call at (630) 548-1500!