Washable Air Filters: Reusable and Affordable Tools for an Air System | Filter King

Washable Air Filters

Your old air filters will grow dirtier over time, and as they collect more passing particles they become less effective. Washable filters provide a simple, affordable tool of air system protection. Air filters will require maintenance, and if you are not replacing the filter, then you will need to wash it consistently. When washable air filters are not kept clean, then the effects burden both home air quality and budget.

Washed Air Filters

Your air systems are going to need clean air filters or the effects can be uncomfortable or even dangerous. Fresh air comes in via an air system from the outside, in the process the airflow travels through an air filter. The air filters are able to trap and absorb passing allergens, irritants, and contagion particles. Air filters can keep your home protected from dust and odors in areas that see large quantities of airborne issues. The air filters will eventually become caked in dirt and debris over time creating a blockage.

When an air filter becomes a blockage, the resulting complications prevent air flow and may lead to energy build up. The airflow in a building brings the fresh air clean and keeps the rooms inside smelling clean. When the airflow has irritants traveling through a system, indoor air quality leads to dry, stagnant air. Poor air quality is damaging to the lungs and may lead to the development of breathing problems if not fixed. A worse scenario is if there is no filter at all, with unfiltered air carrying possible triggers for allergies or breathing issues.

A blockage in the air system affects anyone breathing in any air inside as well as the system itself. The air system needs to use additional energy in an effort push the airflow past the blockage and into circulation. The extra energy the system uses pushes the machinery further, which eventually becomes a serious issue. Overworked machines wear down and this can lead to internal damage that causes breakdowns. Your billing will also increase as the spike in electrical usage increases energy costs.

Washable Furnace Air Filters

The washable furnace filters in your home provide a reusable method of keeping the air in a heating system clean. For a filter, the fresh air pumped inside heats up before leaving through the filter into a blower fan. The fan sends the air throughout the building and the rooms warm to match the number designated by the thermostat.

If you do not have clean furnace filters in place, then the resulting complications will the temperature of the air coming out. Heated air is unable to leave the furnace, which leads to temperature fluctuations throughout the entire system. When the furnace is unable to release its heated air, then the rise in temperature is damaging to an air system. Washable air filters need periodic cleaning, how often depends on environment and MERV rating.

Air Filter MERV Ratings

The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) ratings for a washable air filter tell you how effective it is. Washable air and furnace filters consist of a mesh weaving, the tightness of which determines MERV rating. The higher a filters MERV rating the smaller the particles it is able to capture, but the larger an effect it has on airflow. High MERV air filters require more effort from the system to have airflow pushed through, making them ideal for commercial or industrial buildings. Washable air filters for the home are best kept in the 4-12 MERV range where protection and affordability balances out.

Washable Furnace Filters vs Disposable

Washable air filters provide a reusable alternative to disposable filters with their own unique qualities. You may use washable filters until the time they break. The cleaning process is easy and quick but requires a consistent schedule. Disposable air filters allow you to skip the work and simply have a new air filter put in place. You may even have the new filters delivered straight to your door.

Order New Filters for Your Home Today

We offer a wide variety of filters for homes of all shapes and sizes. If you decide that disposable air filters are more your speed, then we offer a subscription service to have replacements sent monthly. Contact us today and see your options for keeping the air you breathe fresh, clean and healthy.