Addressing the Myths Surrounding Pleated Air Filters

March 03, 2021

Pleated air filters are preferred for many applications that require stronger filtration of particles. The netting or filter material has been folded multiple times throughout its entire surface entire, making it look like an accordion. This is done to increase the surface area of the filter, allowing it to catch more particulates than other types of filters. They also clog less often, reducing your maintenance costs.


However, there are still some misconceptions about pleated air filters.


In today’s blog, we will be addressing these misconceptions.


1. More Expensive

This is not a myth because it is true that pleated air filters are often costlier than regular filters such as fiberglass filters. Then again, you get what you pay for. It is a misconception that cheaper filters will be able to do the job as well. Pleated air filters are an absolute necessity for certain applications. Compromising on cost will end up costing you in the long run as you will put your workers’ health at risk, end up spending more on frequent filter changes, having to shell out for costly HVAC repairs. If your application demands it, it will be much better for your wallet in the long run to spend on pleated air filters first.


2. Airflow

Cheaper filters will allow for the better airflow because they have less design features. Depending on your applications, a pleated air filter may not be suitable for you, especially if you’re using it in a closed environment such as a bedroom. With that said, recent innovations have allowed even pleated air filters to maintain adequate airflow. Advancements in HVAC technology allow for better airflow which will not be terribly compromised by a pleated air filter. Make sure you consult with your filter provider on which filter works best for your airflow needs versus filtration needs.


3. Damaging to HVAC Systems

There is a myth that the strong filtration capabilities of pleated air filters will cause excessive strain to HVAC systems. In fact, the opposite is true. HVAC systems, especially in industrial setting, require strong filtration capabilities as an excess of dust and debris build-up will cause lower efficiency. Particulates can pass through and accumulate on sensitive components inside the HVAC. Over time, this will cause significant damage to your system and you may have to spend on extensive repairs.


Indeed, pleated air filters have many benefits due to their enforced and advanced design. Still, it will not do to get a pleated air filter just because of these factors. Different environments require different filters. Make sure you ask an expert before committing. Call Dynamic Filtration today to learn more about our filtration products.

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