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Top Tips for Using Eco-Friendly AC Filters

recyclable filter

More homeowners than ever are making the move to eco-friendly living. From using “green” house cleaning supplies to energy efficient lighting - there’s plenty of ways to make a real difference on your environmental footprint. What many homeowners don’t know, however, is that you could be doing more with your HVAC system. Consider how often you replace your air filter.

For people who suffer from allergies or have pets, it could be more than four times a year. While you may think those air filters are recyclable, in many instances they aren’t, forcing you to put something back into the world that can’t be broken down or reused. Luckily there is a great way to make a difference, and it’s through the use of reusable eco-friendly filters.

Why Aren’t Traditional AC Filters Recyclable?

Generally, when something is made from cardboard and papers, it can be recyclable, which is what most people think about when they look at their air filters. Unfortunately, at the core of those air filters, it may not be the case. Many filters are made with non-biodegradable items like:


  • Fiberglass
  • Polyester
  • Plastics
  • Wire Mesh
  • Paper blends

So while the outside housing may be cardboard and the section that traps debris is often made from paper, the blended materials prevent it from going into your recyclable bin. However, there is a way to do it, and it’s with reusable filters!

Upgrading to Eco-Friendly Filters

“ecofriendlyfilters”Available at any major home store or with the help of your local AC company, you can upgrade your air conditioner with a washable eco-friendly air filter. These convenient filters are made from a plastic frame and use washable mesh to help trap dust and debris.

This mesh is dense enough that it catches even the smallest particles like pet dander and pollen spores, but durable enough that you can easily flush it with a hose.

Your air filter should be changed at least once a quarter, and with a washable filter, you can do that and even more. Homeowners can more frequently inspect their filters and clean them as needed. This translates into improved indoor air quality, better performance from your air conditioner, and serious money savings since you don’t have to replace your air filter every time it needs a cleaning.

Not All Air Filters Can be Reused

“usedfilters”You wouldn’t use the same toothbrush month after month, so why would you try reusing a used air filter? With traditional air filters, once they’re dirty, they no longer work to catch impurities from the air.

And because they’re made from paper, you can’t exactly wash them and pop them back in. With an eco-friendly air filter that will no longer be an issue.

For homeowners in and around Elliot City looking to make a difference with their environmental impact, look no further than Buric Heating and Air for help.

We are your local heating and cooling specialists that can help you upgrade your air filter with no hassle. We can help you find the right sized filter for you, and even show you the process of cleaning so you can keep your home as green as possible!