What AC filters are right for me?

What AC filters are right for me?

Facemyer Air Conditioning and Heating


If you’ve ever taken a “quick trip: to the hardware store only to find yourself overwhelmed with the selection of AC filters, this article is for you. Facemyer Air Conditioning and Heating will give you the details on each of the four main filters available. Next time you’re shopping, you’ll know what type to buy and remove the decision-paralysis that can take up so much time.

When it’s time to upgrade your AC to a newer model, call us for your air conditioning installation in Lake Mary, FL. Our years of experience and outstanding reputation ensure you’ll get the most out of your investment. We’ll help you select the right filters for your new AC, too. But now, let’s get into the four options you’re likely to see:

  1. Fiberglass filters. Made with a metal grate holding layers of fiberglass cloth, these filters help prevent dust from getting inside your AC. They are inexpensive and disposable. You should change these filters every one to three months. They reduce the dust in your AC unit, but don’t get the finer particles that can cause poorer air quality, so spring for the next step up if you can.
  2. Synthetic pleated filters. Another disposable filter, these offer more filtration of finer particles of dust and dirt. They do a better job removing dust from the air circulating your home while keeping dust out of your AC.
  3. HEPA filters. High Efficiency Particulate Air filters are the best choice for removing finer particles and allergens from the air. These filters are more expensive but more effective than synthetic and fiberglass options. If price is a concern, you could buy them during allergy season and use pleated synthetic filters during other times of year.
  4. Washable filters. These filters use a washable cloth to collect dirt. With a good washing, they can be reused again, offering an eco-friendly alternative to the other three disposable filter types. They can be harder to find so you may need to search online if your hardware store doesn’t carry them.

Save even more time with these additional tips: We’ve put together a few tips to reduce your time at the hardware store in these situations.

1. First, schedule a reminder on your phone for when you need to buy filters, that way you’ll stay on track of changes and never find you’ve overlooked it.

2. Write down the filter size you need on the reminder note. When you arrive at the hardware store, you won’t have to worry about the size, you’ll only have the type and brand to choose.

3. Buy more than one. Once you know you like a filter type, buy three or four filters at a time so you have them on hand. With less trips for filters, you’ll save time. It’s much easier knowing you just have to change them out instead of also doing the shopping.

The next time you shop for filters, you’ll know what type makes sense for your family. If your AC needs replacement, call Facemyer Air Conditioning and Heating for your air conditioning installation in Lake Mary, FL today at 407-358-7070. We can help you pick the right AC and filters that meet your needs.