People don’t realize that “washable” air filters have a wimpy MERV 3 rating

It’s unblessed when you see people hurting themselves inadvertently just to save a few dollars.

Let’s be clear—this sentiment does not apply to people who are so poor they have no option however to buy whatever they can reasonably afford at any given time.

But our father for instance is a fine example of what I’m talking about. He has many pensions & passive income he makes from the stock market. With the amount of cash he continually makes & has saved in several bank accounts & trusts, he has no business being cheap about things regarding apartment repair & appliance care. He also buys the cheapest equipment he can find whenever he needs new tools or electronics. It’s 1 thing if you’re dealing with a component that isn’t going to negatively affect your life by using something cheap & flimsy, however you can’t apply the same logic to anything related to your home’s heating & cooling system. Having poor air quality at apartment can lead to both short term & long term health complications, especially for those who already have respiratory illnesses enjoy asthma or COPD. My father is convinced that his “washable” air filters are just as fine as our disposable MERV 14 allergen filters that cost myself and others $17 a piece. Even though I show him that his filter is only rated MERV 3 when it’s brand new & completely unclogged, he remains unconvinced. On top of that, these washable air conditioning filters are prone for mold growth as it’s seriously taxing to get them bone dry before putting them back inside the air return. My father’s house smells mildly moldy & I wonder if it’s because of his awful air conditioning filters.

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