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Things to Think About Before Switching to a Washable AC Filter

Nicholas Longo
March 14, 2023

Washable AC Filters: Benefits and Drawbacks for Homeowners

Washable HVAC filters are gaining in popularity for homeowners looking to save money or to reduce their environmental impact. However, before you make the switch from disposable filters, there are a few things you should know.

Types of HVAC Filters

Disposable Fiberglass Filters:

These traditional flat-panel filters are made of fiberglass mesh stretched over a cardboard framework. They are the most affordable and commonly used type of air filter, but they must be replaced every 30-60 days to maintain HVAC efficiency. Or you could just throw them out when they're dirty and pretend you forgot to replace them. No one has to know!

Washable Mechanical Filters:

Made of woven polypropylene media, these filters can be rinsed or vacuumed clean to remove particle buildup. They are more expensive but can be reused, making them more environmentally friendly. Just think of all the money you'll save on filter-buying guilt!

Disposable Pleated Filters:

Made of pleated cotton or plastic fibers, these filters have a larger surface area to capture particles. However, they cannot be washed or reused. But hey, at least you get to feel productive by constantly replacing them!

HEPA Filters:

High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are highly effective at removing particles that are 0.3 microns or larger from the air. They are commonly used in medical settings, but not all HVAC systems can handle the high-density filters and they can be expensive. They are available in both washable and disposable options. Or you could just open the windows and let nature filter your air for you. Free and natural!

UV Filters:

These filters use ultraviolet light to eliminate airborne particles, including microorganisms like mold, bacteria, and viruses. They are often used to supplement other types of air filtration systems. Or you could just expose yourself to the sun more and get your vitamin D while air-filtering. Two birds, one stone!

Benefits of Washable AC Filters

Energy Efficiency: Washable filters have a MERV rating of 1-4, which means they can capture particles larger than 10 microns, including pollen, dust mites, and lint. When your HVAC system is free of debris, it has greater efficiency and better performance. You'll be breathing easy and saving money on your energy bill.

Environmental Impact: 

By washing and reusing your air filter, you can reduce your impact on the environment. Some disposable filters take a long time to break down in a landfill. Plus, you get to feel superior to all your disposable filter-using friends.

Money Savings With Washable AC Filters:

A well-maintained washable filter can last 5-10 years before needing to be replaced. This can result in significant savings compared to the cost of disposable filters that must be replaced every month or two. You'll be able to afford that extra slice of pizza every week!

Drawbacks of Washable Filters

Initial Cost:

Washable AC filters are more expensive upfront compared to disposable options. But just think of all the money you'll save in the long run!


 Washable filters require regular cleaning and maintenance to keep them effective. If they are not properly maintained, they may not effectively filter out particles and can lead to poor HVAC performance. But at least you'll get to show off your scrubbing skills to your impressed friends and family.

Overall, washable AC filters offer energy efficiency, environmental benefits, and cost savings, but they do require a higher initial investment and regular maintenance. Consider your budget and willingness to take on additional upkeep.

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