Changing the air filter in your HVAC system is an essential part of maintaining your unit. The filter is responsible for removing contaminants from your system and allowing for proper airflow. Filters come in many different shapes, sizes, materials, and prices. The size and shape will be determined by the system, but the materials and price depend on your preference. Here are some things to consider from the team at Quality Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Are More Expensive Air Filters Worth It? | HVAC Maintenance


One of the main differences between cheaper and more expensive air filters is the material they are made from. Higher-priced air filters are often made of fiberglass rather than cardboard or paper, like their cheaper counterparts.


Another factor is the lifespan of the filter, or how long you can wait between swapping them out. Cheaper air filters will only be able to trap a fraction of the contaminants out of the air and, therefore, require changing more frequently. More frequent changes, of course, also mean more frequent purchases.

Surface Area

Filters all have a MERV, or minimum efficiency reporting value, rating. This is what determines how well the filter will remove particulates based on the surface area. Cheaper filters will have less surface area, or fewer pleats, allowing more dust and allergens to pass through.

Contaminant Removal

All of the previous points have alluded to the biggest determinant of air filter prices: how well they remove contaminants from your residential HVAC system. If you have allergies, a respiratory issue, or pets in your home, the higher-priced filters may be best. You’ll want a good balance of performance and cost.

The best option for your Kokomo home is an HVAC service plan. Quality Plumbing & Heating Inc. offers quality HVAC air filters at a reduced cost to its service plan members. Should a problem surprise you, we also offer 24 hour emergency HVAC service if needed. Contact us today at (765) 450-4008 with any questions or to request a service.