Are Air Conditioning Filters Recyclable?

Are Air Conditioning Filters Recyclable

Why Do We Use Air Filters?

Having a high quality air conditioning system in your space is not complete without having a clean air filter. We use air filters in our homes and businesses in order to maintain high air quality and to stop particulate matter and contaminants from being circulated throughout the space. Air filters are able to stop many different things from passing through such as dirt, dust, mold, mold spores, bacteria, pollen, textile fibers, lint, hair, animal fur, and more.


How Long Do Air Filters Last?

In most cases, it is recommended that you replace your HVAC system’s air filter every three months in order to maintain the highest air quality. In some homes or businesses, the pollutants in the air may be a higher volume, requiring more frequent filter replacement in order to keep the same quality of air. Whenever you change your filter once every three months, you will be left with 4 air filters at the end of the year. Many people wonder if the contaminants can be removed from these filters in order to recycle and reuse them.


Can You Recycle Your Air Conditioner’s Filters?

There are multiple factors that go into determining if your air filter can be recycled. The largest factory being, what kind of filter do you have? Most HVAC filters with woven fibers are made to be disposable. If you are using fiberglass filters in your space, these should not be reused. These filters are not only unable to be reused, many cities will not accept them with recycled materials. This is because they do not want to risk the exposure to grime or harmful chemicals that may get trapped inside of them. In some cases, you are able to recycle the cardboard pieces that frame your air filter, in order to help reduce waste. If you are interested in learning more about the protocol surrounding recycled air filters where you live, contact your local government. Most cities will be able to tell you their particular policy when it comes to recycling air filters.


Are There Eco-Friendly Air Filter Options?

These days, there have been many changes and new options that have become available for those looking to use an air filter with a lower impact on the environment. If this is a concern of yours, you may want to invest in a washable air filter that can be a more permanent solution. These filters, when cared for properly, have the ability to last for years. However, it is important to note, these filters may also require more frequent cleaning than once every 3 months. Speak with an HVAC professional about your options for an air filter in your space.


Briarpark Houston Air Conditioning Repair

Whenever you are looking for high quality air conditioning and heating services at an affordable price, we can help! We service and replace both commercial and residential HVAC systems in order to bring you the ultimate climate control. Autumn Mechanical proudly serves the Greater Houston area, including Briarpark, Midtown, Sugar Land, Cypress, Pearland, The West University Place, The Heights, Spring, Willowbrook, Houston, Springbranch and The Woodlands. Don’t hesitate, give us a call today to find out what we can do for your home or business!



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