Are you confused about the difference in pricing between air filters? Why are some only $3 while others are $30? While it seems like the $3 air filter might be the best deal, we’re sharing a few reasons why choosing a slightly more expensive air filter may actually more cost effective than you would think.

How Long Should An Air Filter Last?

Higher end air filters last longer than the cheaper filters do. Because the less expensive filters are typically just made of cardboard and paper, they aren’t as durable as other, more expensive materials. This means that if you choose to go with a cheaper air filter, you might end up having to change your air filter more often than you would if you choose to go with a more expensive one.

What is My Air Filter Made Of?

Often, steeper priced air filters are made out of fiberglass, which, though more costly to make, works better to trap more dust and pollen in the air. Additionally, fiberglass resists water-making tears less frequent. When using an air filter with higher quality materials, you get the convenience of not having to change your air filter out as often, therefore, the more expensive option will require less maintenance.

What Do the Pleats In An Air Filter Do?

When an air filter has more pleats, it increases the surface area that the air filter can do just that, filter. Because of the increased surface area, the more expensive air filters are more efficient than the lower priced air filters. Furthermore, while purchasing a higher-end air filter might be a little pricier, air filters with more pleats only have to be changed every 3 months, whereas non-pleated, budget filters should be changed each month.

Which one is best for you?

Everyone has different air filter needs for their homes, so the answer to this question is really dependent on what you and your home needs. If you are okay with changing your air filter more frequently, or just need something that’s just good enough to keep your air mostly clean, then go with a more economical air filter. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that will last longer in between filter changes, as well as reduce the number of allergens in your home, invest in a more expensive air filter. If you are somewhere in between these two, there are some more affordable options in the middle of the two that you should consider. In the end, your air filter is there to service your needs, so choose something that works best for you and your home!

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