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Why You Can’t Clean a Disposable Air Filter

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Your HVAC system’s air filter air keeps the indoor air quality in your Fort Worth, Texas, home clean by trapping dirt, dust, pet dander, pollen, and other contaminants. Dirty air filters restrict airflow and waste energy, so you should check your disposable filter once per month and change it at least every three months. You can clean permanent and semi-permanent filters, but disposable filters are meant to be replaced as soon as they become dirty. Here are some of the reasons you shouldn’t clean a disposable air filter.

Cleaning Could Cause Mold

If you use water to clean a disposable air filter, it might not dry properly. Mold and many types of bacteria grow faster in moist environments, so a disposable filter can get moldy very easily after you clean it. Then, your HVAC system will spread mold spores from the filter to all parts of your home. Water and mold will also make your disposable filter less efficient.

You Can’t Remove All Contaminants

The dust, dirt, mold spores, and other pollutants your air filter collects will eventually end up deep in its fibers. You can’t get rid of all the particles your filter trapped, and when these pollutants accumulate, they create a barrier that forces your HVAC system to work harder. This increases your utility bills and shortens your system’s life.

Handling a Disposable Filter Could Damage It

Shaking your disposable air filter to get rid of dust and other particles, wiping it off, washing it, vacuuming it, or using another cleaning method might cause damage since disposable filters aren’t as durable as permanent or semi-permanent filters. You could create a hole in the fibers or loosen them — which could make them less effective.

Airwise Heating and Air can give you all the HVAC help you need, including improving your indoor air quality, making repairs and installations, and evaluating your home’s efficiency. If you have trouble with your HVAC system after you replace your disposable air filter, contact one of our professionals anytime at (817) 444-0090.

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