Types Of Portable Air Conditioner Filters

Like all air conditioners, portable air conditioners have a built-in air filter which is designed to filter out dust and other debris from becoming clogged within the inner workings of the appliance. However, there are a number of different options when it comes to portable air conditioner filters, each of which possesses a different set of features and operates in a different way to perform the same function. Understanding the differences between the available types of air filters can help you choose the best fit for your needs.  

Activated Carbon Filters

Activated carbon filters are made out of charcoal that has been treated with oxygen. It is extremely similar to the types of filters used in cigarettes, and as such is very good at filtering out odors and smells, besides physical debris. These are ideal for households that have pets or smokers. However, activated carbon filters cannot be cleaned, and instead, must be replaced every time they become clogged, which represents a large environmental impact as well as increased maintenance costs.

Static Charge Filters

Static charge filters are filters which, like their name suggests, hold a static charge, which forces particles in the air to cling to the filter. These filters are unique because as they collect more debris and particles, their static charge increases, making them better at removing dust and other allergens from the air over time. However, they are not very good at filtering out odors within your home, and can have trouble with finer particles like pet dander.

Antimicrobial Filters

Antimicrobial air filters are designed to kill organic matter that becomes trapped within the filter, making them ideal for fighting mold growth within your home. They are also very good at capturing smoke, pollen, and other ultrafine particles that are floating throughout your home. These filters are a good idea if you live in a humid climate, or have frequent rainfall, both of which make mold growth more likely. While these filters can be cleaned by hand, they do have to be replaced over time, as they lose their effectiveness after each cleaning.

Silver Ion Filters

Silver ion filters use an electric charge, similar to static charge filters, to kill organic matter that floats through the filter. This makes them ideal for both preventing mold and mildew growth, but also capturing fine particles in your home. However, silver ion filters are a fairly new technology, and as such are harder to find and are more expensive than their counterparts. Since these filters have to be replaced over time as the charge dies, this represents a higher long-term cost to you.   

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Dependable Air Conditioning Co Inc.