Air conditioner filters are essential components of HVAC systems, designed to keep dust, pollen, and other debris from accumulating on the internal components. They also help to prevent larger particles from entering the air conditioning unit and causing damage. As air passes through the filter, the mesh traps particles and contaminants such as dust, mold, pet dander, and fungal spores. If the filter is not changed regularly, air flow can be hindered and more contaminants can pass through the mesh, leading to poor indoor air quality.
Air conditioner filters are important for keeping dirt out of the system and preventing damage to the unit. Here are some key facts to know about air conditioning filters: they clean the air that flows through your home by reducing pollen, bacteria, dust, and pet dander; they protect the air conditioning coils and motor from contaminants; and HEPA (high-energy particulate air) filters are the only type that can trap allergens and spores. The effectiveness of an air filter is measured by how well it removes dust, pollen, and smoke from the air, as well as how freely air flows through it at any fan speed. Smart filters such as 3M Filtrete smart air filters use sensors to monitor airflow.