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How does one simple fiberglass air filter cost $2,000? Must be one really good air filter, right?
Well, since we don't typically sell fiberglass filters, we were a little unsure of how to price this one. So for us, it wasn't a matter of how much a fiberglass filter might cost, but what a fiberglass filter might cost you.
We carefully inspected the few strands that constituted the filter media and came to the conclusion that this fiberglass filter would do very little to protect your HVAC system or your health, for that matter.
This fiberglass air filter will let in very large particles, pet hair and other large contaminants that will stick to the coils in your HVAC system, or even to the ductwork itself. Dirty coils and ductwork will reduce airflow, which will in turn decrease your system's efficiency and capacity. By putting in that "cheap" fiberglass filter, you could end up paying more in energy use and maintaining or even replacing your HVAC system.
Here's what a fiberglass filter might cost you:
Annual HVAC Service: $100-$200
Coil Cleaning: $300-$400
Ductwork Cleaning: $800-$1,500
Component Failure: $1000-$6,000
We took the low-end estimates here, and then rounded down to $2,000. But we didn't even factor in the damage a fiberglass filter can do to your family's health.
Around 90% of indoor air particulates are 5 microns or smaller. For perspective, a granule of sugar is about 10 microns -- it's enormous, compared to the harmful particulates that float unseen through your home's air. If you dumped a jar of sugar over the fiberglass filter pictured above, how many granules do you think it would capture?
Look, we know it's tempting to just grab these cheap fiberglass filters and throw one in every three months, but these filters can cost you more in the long run. Why not invest in a better filter that protects your HVAC system as well as your family's health, and one that you don't have to change as often as a fiberglass filter?