The air filter you probably currently use for your furnace and air conditioner is made out of a sort of paper or even fiberglass. These filters are inexpensive and need to be replaced every 3 months or so. What you may not realize is that these disposable filters only trap dust and other particles that would otherwise clog up your heating and cooling system. These cheap, throw-away filters don’t really clean the air in your home. If you want less dust, dirt, and allergens in your home, you may want to think about upgrading to an electrostatic filter.

An electrostatic filter works slightly different than your typical air filter. A charge builds up within the filter between the fiber layers. Then, this charge in the electrostatic filter actually attracts the dust particles in the air and collects them within the filter.

We recommend using electrostatic filters because they can catch up to 10 times the amount of dust, dirt, and allergens found in your home as compared to a more traditional air filter. Using an electrostatic filter will improve the quality of the air in your home. They help year-round, but as we enter the springtime and pollen/allergen levels will soon be increasing, they can help even more to ease the pain of seasonal allergies for you and your family.

Don’t forget that electrostatic filters are permanent – you don’t throw them out like you would a disposable filter. Instead, you just need to wash them out every 1 to 3 months (and remember to let the filter dry completely before reinstalling it into your system.)

For more information and purchasing options, check out Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/s/electrostatic+air+filter?NCNI-5

If you have any additional questions on why electrostatic filters might be a good bet for your home, please contact Dan at 720.876.7166 or dan@sensibleheat.net.