First, it’s important to note that there are specific types of air conditioning filters which are designed to be reused. However, unless you know for certain that you have this type of filter in your HVAC system, you shouldn’t assume that it’s wise to clean and reuse them. In other words, unless your filters are built for reuse, you should remove them when they’re dirty, discard them and install new ones in their place.
Why Cleaning Filters Isn’t Enough
In the dry, desert environment where we live, HVAC filters trap a tremendous amount of debris which lodges in the fibers of a filter. There is no amount of surface cleaning, scrubbing or vacuuming that is going to completely remove the dust, dirt and pollen that collects over the course of time. Rather, these particulates create a barrier which can hinder the passage of air through the filter. This makes a unit less efficient. And over time, it can cause it to break down.
Mold and Mildew
Cleaning with water can lead to retained moisture that promotes the growth of mold and mildew on the filter. This is then distributed throughout your home, negatively impacting your indoor air. It can even cause a variety of health problems for you and your loved ones.
Don’t be tempted to slap dirty filters against a hard surface to remove dirt and debris. This will only damage the delicate construction of the filter and compromise its functionality. Ideally, replaceable filters should be changed every few months to maintain your home’s indoor air quality and to support the efficiency of your entire HVAC system. Make it a point to keep replacement filters on hand and to establish a regular schedule for replacement. It only takes a minute, but it is a truly valuable home improvement task that you don’t want to ignore.
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