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How to Choose the Best Filter for Your Furnace

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During the winter season, it is especially important to think about the air filters in your Annapolis, Maryland, home. Respiratory illnesses are more common in the winter as we tend to spend more time indoors. With the right air filter, however, you can improve the air quality in your home during the cold winter months.

Types of Filters

The two main types are mechanical and electrical air filters. Mechanical filters trap dirt and debris in the material similar to the way your dryer operates. As the air passes through, larger particles get trapped while the air easily passes through. Electrical air filters are typically mounted on your furnace. They actually aren’t of the traditional variety, but instead, use an electric air field to pull out even the smallest particles in the air. They also tend to trap much more dirt, debris, and allergens.

Pros and Cons

Mechanical types are more popular and tend to work fine for most families. A pleated air filter is more expensive than a traditional mechanical air filter but is very effective in trapping various pollutants. It is therefore a good choice for protecting the air quality in your home. The major con of electrical air filters is the cost, but they are highly effective for removing even the smallest particles.

Which Is Best for You?

Choosing the best filter will depend on your needs and the conditions in your home. For most families a mechanical air filter is sufficient. If you are concerned about your air quality, then spend the extra money on a high-quality pleated air filter. An electric air filter is probably only necessary for those who are seriously concerned about the air quality in their home or tend to have a lot of dust, dirt, or other allergens in their home. People who suffer from allergies or respiratory disorders such as asthma would benefit from an electric filter.

If you need help finding the right product for your home, call 410-919-0110 to speak with the experts at Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc.

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