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Stop using those blue flat panel throwaway filters. Here's why.

Air filters are pleated to increase the surface area exposed to air pulled into your HVAC system’s air handler. Increased surface area increases the efficiency of the air filter thereby keeping your HVAC equipment clean and operating effectively, as well as improving the air quality you and your family breath. The increased surface area does not increase the resistance to air flow over that of an unpleated filter composed of the same material.


Blue fiberglass ´throwaway´ flat panel air filters provide less than 8% actual ASHRAE filtration efficiency. Due to the coarse composition and spacing of the fiberglass media, throwaways are not even technically classified as filters, but instead work on the principle of particle impingement:


With impingement, dirt and other airborne particles are captured only if they directly impact and attach to a fiberglass fiber. Particles not impact and attaching to a fiber pass right through.


Captured dirt on the front side of the fiberglass media eventually builds up to ‘saturation point’ and will hold no more particles. Additional particulates will then dislodge the previously captured dirt downstream. The filter can become so loaded with captured dirt and particles that the panel filter media can actually collapse into the HVAC air handler.


Throwaway filters do a poor job of holding the dirt captured. As soon as the filter is changed, handled or otherwise disturbed, much of the collected dirt will fall off to be redistributed into the HVAC air handler and eventually back into your home.


Adhesives used to construct throwaway flat panel filters often act as a growth medium for mold and other organisms.


For these reasons we recommend that you upgrade from those blue fiberglass throwaway flat panel filters to pleated filters. They are more cost effective and more efficient. For example, compare the efficiency rating of a throwaway filter (8% of particles 3.0 to 10.0 microns) to that of a MERV 8-rated pleated or a MERV 11-rated pleated filter here.


Typically, pleated filters can be installed in any filter bank or holding track as long as you choose the same depth as your current throwaway panel filter. But, unlike that inefficient panel air filter, which may require monthly changing, a pleated filter will last much longer…approximately 3-4 months under normal dirt loading conditions.


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