The Difference Between Pleated Air Filters and Regular Air Filters

January 14, 2021

Air filter elements used in HVAC systems can vary in many ways. There is a wide variety when it comes to filtering materials, types, and shapes. It then becomes a difficult choice to decide which is the one that best matches your system. However, you can narrow down your options by considering two primary types of air filters - pleated air filters and regular air filters.


Depending on your specific application, one may be better for you than the other.


While both are exceptional at filtering dust and other particles, pleated air filters are a good option since they are more efficient. They can filter various types of debris from the air, including dust, mould, pet dander, pollen, and the tiniest bacteria. Typically, a pleated air filter is made from a special type of synthetic material, making it capable of providing a higher level of air filtration than the standard filters available. Moreover, these filters are available in different sizes to match all sorts of HVAC applications, ranging from 1” to 6” wide deep-pleated filters and typically span MERV ratings between 5 to 12.


If your concern is the larger air pollutants like lint or tiny insects, a non-pleated air filter is the better option. Although it is not as durable as its pleated counterpart, it is less expensive and can be reinforced with fiberglass filters for an increase in strength. Just like pleated air filters, non-pleated also greatly contribute to the efficiency and overall performance of any industrial HVAC system. They can also perfectly match any model and type of air conditioning system.


Overall, when you prefer to go after durability and a higher level of filtration, then pleated filters are your best choice. On the other hand, if you would want to settle on standard protection and a less costly option, then regular air filters are your best option.


Whether pleated or non-pleated, Dynamic Filtration Ltd has all your filtration needs. Contact us today to find the best filtration products best suited for your project.

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