Can HVAC Air Filters Be Recycled?

Air filters play a big role in your home’s indoor air quality. They capture dust, hair, mold spores, bacteria, viruses and other particles that would otherwise go through your home’s air ducts and into your living spaces. Air filters come in disposable and reusable varieties. Therefore, it is important to know which types can be recycled and how to responsibly dispose of a spent air filter from your heating and cooling system.

Disposable Air Filters

Disposable air filters are made from a polyester fiber or fiberglass insert and a cardboard frame. Fiberglass cannot be recycled. In some places, polyester fibers can be recycled, but you may have to take it to a specialty recycling center that deals with plastics. The cardboard is recyclable in most communities. However, tearing off the cardboard frame from the insert could expose you to all of the dust and other particles captured by the filter. In most cases, you’ll be better off disposing of these filters into the trash. Disposable air filters are designed to last for about 30 to 90 days. Going through four to 12 of these in a year could generate a lot of waste. If this is concerning to you, consider switching to a reusable air filter.

Reusable Air Filters

Reusable air filters are made from synthetic fibers in a plastic frame. The plastic is typically No. 1 or PETE plastic, which is widely recyclable in most communities. A reusable air filter typically lasts for about four years with proper care. You should wash it monthly. The product’s user’s manual will contain instructions on how to wash it. When sanitizing the filter, be sure to wear a face mask so that you do not breathe in the debris. Proper cleaning and drying of the filter are important to ensure the product’s safety and efficiency.

Choosing an Air Filter

The technicians at Rosenberg Plumbing & Air can offer guidance on which air filter will be ideal for your heating and cooling system in San Antonio, TX. We can help you decide between a disposable or reusable product. Contact us at Rosenberg Plumbing & Air today to get more information about air filters or to learn about our services.

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