When it comes to furnace filters, most people choose the inexpensive, disposable variety. They only cost a dollar or two, and every month or so, you pull the old filter out and slide a new one in. Disposable filters are surely convenient, and they're a go-to choice for busy homeowners across the country. However, they're not the only choice. Reusable furnace filters are becoming more common, and depending on your circumstances, they may be a better fit for your lifestyle (and for the environment) than disposable filters.
Disposable Filters and the Environment
Disposable filters are usually made from fiberglass, which is great at trapping dust and dirt, and easy to manufacture. However, it does not easily break down in a landfill, which means that every filter you use is adding to the large piles of garbage that are quickly accumulating not only in the United States, but also in foreign countries where trash is being shipped.
Switching to reusable filters reduces the amount of waste that you're generating. Many are made from cotton fibers, which break down more easily than fiberglass and are also more Eco-friendly to produce.
Cleaning a Reusable Filter
Most reusable filters have a removable pad that is machine-washable. All you have to do is slide the pad out about once per month, and run it through your washing machine with a little gentle laundry detergent. Let it dry, and then place it back in the filter frame. While this is slightly more time consuming than replacing a disposable filter, you do save time by not having to stop by the store for new filters. A reusable filter typically lasts between 6 and 8 years.
Other Benefits of Reusable Filters
Since reusable filters are made from charged cotton fibers, they tend to more effective than standard, disposable fiberglass filters. They trap smaller particles, like pet dander, which is great news if you suffer from allergies.
You can wash them as often as you like without incurring extra cost as you would be replacing a disposable filter more frequently, which allows you to keep the filter cleaner. You're likely to save money by using a reusable filter, too. The average reusable filter costs less than $20, which is far less than you'd spend on 6 to 8 years' worth of disposable filters.
If you are looking for ways to reduce your environmental impact, save a little money and filter your air more effectively, a reusable furnace filter is a great choice for you. Once you make the switch, you'll only wonder why you didn't do so sooner. To learn more, contact a company like Allied Air Conditioning & Heating Corp with any questions or concerns.Share
9 January 2015
I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.