Do not fall into the trap of thinking that all furnace filters are the same. Do not run out and buy the cheapest filter that you can find, just to save a few cents. In the long run, purchasing a cheap fiberglass filter can cost you thousands of dollars over the long run. With Nordic Pure’s pleated furnace filters, you may be making a larger initial investment, however you will be able to save thousands of dollars in the long run. To understand how a high quality furnace filters can save you money, it is important to understand the effects of poor filtration.
The Drawbacks of Fiberglass Furnace Filters
- Poor Air Quality
The EPA has indoor air pollution listed as a Top 5 threat to our environmental health. This is because aside from everyday dirt and dust, your home is also full of particulates like: bacteria, mold, pollen, allergens, dander, dust mites, and even fiberglass from your filter. This risk becomes even more prominent once you think about how much time you spend inside. Most people spend an average of 90% of every day inside. This has become a much more prominent issue because the air inside your house is normally 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside.
- Monthly Maintenance Expenses
Fiberglass furnace filters must be replaced often. It varies by households from every two weeks to every six to eight weeks. Even though they are a cheap initial investment, it becomes much more expensive than more durable pleated furnace filters over time.
Increasing energy cost furnaces are designed to run with an optimal level of air flow. When a furnace is pushed beyond this range in either direction, it takes much more energy to produce the same results. Fiberglass furnace filters have a tendency to clog extremely fast when compared to a Nordic Pure pleated furnace filter. Fiberglass furnace filters have been reported to increase your monthly heating and cooling costs by as much as 30% when compare to pleated furnace filters.
- Furnace Repair Expenses
Any time you need to repair or replace your furnace, it can become expensive very quickly. Additionally, while it is out of service, your house will likely become very uncomfortable. Fiberglass furnace filters are designed only to filter out the largest of debris. This allows small pieces of dirt and dust to pass directly into your furnace. Once dirt finds its way into your HVAC system, they will disrupt moving parts and even clog the hose connections. This means that you furnace must work much harder to achieve your desired results. The harder it is forced to work, the sooner it breaks down and needs to be repaired or replaced. This is especially true when your furnace is working hard over a long period of time, such as the cold winter months.
Better Air Quality Can Reduce Medical Expenses
Fiberglass furnace filters cannot filter out many particulates like many forms of mold and bacteria. This mold and bacteria will often attach itself to some of the warmer and damper parts inside of the furnace. This gives them the perfect place to grow. Since they are already past your filter, they can break off and pass through home at any time. This can increase your medical expenses, not only by directly making you and your family ill, but it also is the perfect way to agitate someone with asthma.
Decreasing Overall Expenses
Nordic Pure furnace filters can decrease expenses in a number of ways including decreased maintenance/repair/replacement costs for both the furnace and the filter itself. Since a pleated furnace filter can filter out much smaller particulates, this diminishes the ability of dirt and dust to enter your HVAC system. This increases the lifespan of your furnace because it allows it to operate within its optimal range. This means less maintenance is needed, less repair expenses, and a much longer lifespan for the furnace itself.
Another advantage of using a Nordic Pure pleated furnace filters is they are sturdy filters. Fiberglass filters are incredibly fragile because of poor construction and the strength the fiberglass itself. The fiberglass will often break apart as it is bombarded by air. Tiny pieces of fiberglass then flow through the furnace and are dispersed across the house. This can not only aggravate asthma, but can create long term health problems. Nordic Pure pleated furnace filters last much longer than their fiberglass counterparts which means you can replace them less often.