It can be very confusing to choose the best filter for your furnace, especially since there is such a large range in price on filters. Which filters are best for your system? Here are a few guidelines on different filters and how they can benefit your system the most – or least!

· Fiberglass or Cellulose Pad: These are the cheapest filters, and can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s for just a few dollars. While they will protect your furnace adequately, they will not remove small particles from the air. They will not improve the overall air quality of your home – just protect the equipment. These filters need to be changed monthly.

· Pleated Polyester Filter: These provide more filtering capability than a flat filter, many are made with electrostatically charged fibers that attract small particles. These last up to 3 months.

· Deep-Pleated High-Efficiency Filters (aka Media Filters): These filters are about the same size as regular filters, but 4 to 6 inches thick. They require a special box in the ductwork since they won’t fit a standard filter box. These filters last 3-6 months, and will greatly improve the air quality of your home.

Sensible Heating & Cooling also offers an array of more advanced indoor air quality products to help those with allergies and asthma with more sophisticated filters. For more information on filters, or to purchase filters for your system, please contact Sensible Heating at 720-373-8145.