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Save Money with a Permanent Washable AC Filter

Updated on August 28, 2011
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With so many families interested in saving money, saving energy, and looking out for the environment now is the perfect time to share some green hubs! Many people do not know that you do not have to keep buying and throwing away filters. The average price of filters can range from $8 - $15 each. We are supposed to change filters every 3 months. If you remember to change out the filters then you are spending about $60/year on filters. The truth is that most families forget to change their filter. If they remember to change it, they don't remember the filter size. Then you go to Walmart with the measurement and forget to go down the aisle and come home with a bunch of other stuff. This is the reason that the air in our homes is more toxic than outside air.

While there is a cost attached to a reusable, washable, permanent filter, the pros may be well worth it. You can find a filter for $30-$60 or more depending on the size and what you would like. The difference is that this is a one time cost so you are basically saving $60 a year starting the second year. This will also reduce your waste since you are no longer replacing filters. All you need to do is wash the filter and it can last forever. Some companies even offer lifetime warranties for them. Having the ability to wash it makes it easy and convenient for you to keep your air clean. During allergy season you can wash them more often and reduce your symptoms. This may be gross, but I think seeing the dirt that comes out of it is a pro. Call me weird, but I feel accomplished when I see the work my filter has done for me. So lets see here, we saved money, reduced our waste, and made life a little easier. Am I missing anything?

The Cons, beside the initial cost some people believe that disposable filters can filter out more particles. In some cases this is true. There are industrial filters that you can get that take grease out of the air. Did you know there was grease in the air and toxic fumes? Probably not at your place, which is why these are industrial. These are very expensive and most households do not use them, so it is not really a debatable con. Besides that, if you forget to change the filter in your home in a timely manner, even these filters become saturated and leave you breathing unfiltered air.

I found some videos that tell you more about these filters and can help you make your choices. They are, of coarse, sponsored by companies. I am not recommending any company because it is always best for the frugal family to shop around and get the quality you want for the price that suits you.

Many Blessings! Thanks for considering being green!

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      Lissette 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for the read Chat. I take care of a couple of properties for family and this just makes my life so much easier.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks for the tip, I heard this the other day too! Got to save save save! Appreciate the share!