Ah, the allure of a bargain! We get it; we have all been tempted at one point or another, but is it always the right decision?
We’ve all been tempted by those budget-friendly air filters that promise to do the job without breaking the bank. But before you dive headfirst into the realm of frugality, let’s take a closer look at what you might be signing up for.
The Problem with Cheap Air Filters
While it sounds like a good idea at the time, here are just a few of the issues a budget air filter can cause:
Limited Filtration Power
Cheap air filters often come with a lower rating. To put it in terms we can all understand, this means that your air filter may not be as effective at capturing those pesky airborne particles.
The result is that you have a higher chance of dealing with allergies in your home. Just think of all the endless sniffles. So while your wallet may thank you, your sinuses might be less forgiving.
Picture this: you just installed your brand-new cheap air filter, and within a few weeks, it’s already clogged and struggling to let the air flow freely. You repeat this cycle only to end up paying more than you would have for a decent one in the first place.
Cheap filters tend to have shorter lifespans and require more frequent replacements. The cost and hassle of constantly changing filters can add up in the long run. So before you choose cheap, ask yourself if the initial saving is worth it.
This will come as no surprise. Expensive filters are generally made from better materials. Usually, these filters are made of fiberglass. What is the benefit of this, you ask? Fiberglass resists moisture and doesn’t tear as easily, meaning it doesn’t deteriorate quickly. That means you spend more on your air filters, but you’re also not buying them anywhere near as often as cheap ones.
Should You Go Cheap?
So, is it time to open your wallet wide or stick to the bargain bin? Choosing cheap or expensive air filters depends on your specific needs, budget, and priorities.
If you want superior filtration and longevity, splurging on a pricier filter might be worth it. However, this shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the benefits of a good HVAC system.
Maintain your HVAC system with Beehive Heating and Air!
Making the right decision can be hard. Remember, finding the right balance is key. Regardless of your chosen filters, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacement intervals and regular maintenance.
If you notice a drop in air quality and changing the air filter doesn’t fix it, it’s time for you to call Beehive Heating and Air. We can troubleshoot the problem and find solutions you can afford. Contact us today to learn more!