Cleanable Air Filters
Cleanable air filters will remove larger particles from your indoor air, but not the smaller particles that often cause breathing problems. Using a cleanable air filter will reduce your landfill contributions however, so understanding your needs in having an air filter will help you determine if this is the route to take with your indoor air quality program.
Do you want an air filter for your home that does not contribute to the landfill? There are many cleanable air filters available that you can reuse instead of throwing away. This is great for consumers who are concerned about the environment or for those who like the convenience of being able to clean the filter rather than store extras. Although these reusable air filters are slightly more expensive than their disposable counterparts, the slight price difference is easily made up over the years when you do not have to purchase and replace the filter.
Air filters do not work efficiently when they are clogged and dirty. Being able to clean your filter will enable you to keep it as clean as possible without having to worry about the cost or trouble of getting a replacement air filter.
The downside of cleanable air filters is that they may not be able to capture as many of the smaller particulates that can cause allergy or asthma attacks as disposable air filters can. The reason is that for an air filter to be cleaned easily the filter cannot be very dense or it would be very difficult to clean. This means that many of these reusable air filters cannot as easily trap the small particulates that can be inhaled into the lungs like smoke, dust, pet dander, and other allergens. If you or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma, then you will probably want to find a more efficient air filter that can trap these smaller particulates.
If, however, you and your family do not suffer from allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems then you will want to consider a cleanable air filter for your home. These air filters can be cleaned easily with a garden hose. It is very important, though, to make sure that you allow the air filter to dry thoroughly or you will set yourself up for some mold growth, which can cause health and breathing problems, and won't allow your air filter to work properly.
Many of the reusable air filters have antibacterial protection to help kill bacteria, germs, mold, mildew, and other pathogens. This protection is built into the air filter itself and does not decrease when you clean the filter. This is great news for any family. This can help reduce the spread of colds and other air borne illnesses in your home, helping keep your entire family healthier.
Research is essential when choosing cleanable air filters for your home. There is a great variety in reusable air filters that clean a variety of particulates from the air. It is important to follow the manufacturer's directions concerning how often the air filter needs to be cleaned and maintained. Following the manufacturer's instructions on how to clean the air filter will help you to keep the air filter working as efficiently as possible to remove debris from the air that can cause damage to your HVAC system and to remove particulates from the air that you breathe. Simple maintenance and planning can help your cleanable air filter last for the life of your system.