Fiberglass air filters are the more affordable option when it comes to household air filters, but they are less efficient at capturing dust and particles in the air. As such, they need to be changed every 30 days or less in order to remain effective. On the other hand, pleated air filters are more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective than fiberglass filters. They are made of a flexible material such as polyester, cotton or paper that is folded to look like an accordion and is housed in a cardboard frame.
Pleated filters outperform fiberglass filters in almost every category, including their ability to filter out pollutants from the air. Children are more sensitive than adults to indoor air pollutants, such as mold, dust mites, dander and pollen. Therefore, it is important to use quality air filters and replace them before they become clogged and too dirty. Since fiberglass filters need to be replaced more frequently than pleated filters, they can end up costing more over the course of a year.
In the modern era of air filtration, pleated filters are the superior choice for households. Puron's replacement of freon, along with some general improvements in HVAC construction, have reduced demands on the HVAC system and made the decrease in air flow resulting from the use of pleated filters sufficient for the system to operate smoothly. Air filters should be changed regularly in your home to keep the system running smoothly and maintain optimal air quality. We offer pleated air filters in various sizes with MERV 8, MERV 11 and MERV 13 ratings, and you can order them in any quantity.