Robert from Florida asked:
My new RUUD central air conditioner/electric heater for my Florida home came with a 21x21x1 hogshair filter. The installer says it is superior to the pleated kind I used to buy and that it can be washed so it is a less costly alternative. My wife has serious allergies. What do you think about hogshair filters?
Hog hair filters, like most air filters, have their place and are suitable for certain applications. However, they don’t measure up when compared with most of the air filters available for use in residential heating and air conditioning equipment.
Advantages of Hogs Hair Filters
There are two advantages to using a hogs hair filter:
- Hog hair filters can be washed and reused many times before they have to be replaced.
- They are not expensive.
The Big Disadvantage:
A big drawback of using hog hair filters is that they are not very efficient. If you want to keep dust to a minimum or if you are dealing with allergies even a pleated filter with a MERV 5 rating is better than a hogshair filter.
There Are Better Options
If you like the idea of reusable filters then why not use an electrostatic air filter. These filters are reusable, last for many years, and are much more efficient than hog hairs.
I would recommend using the same pleated filter that you were using before because it has already proven that it provides good results.
p.s. Personally, I would never use a hogshair filter regardless of the reason. There are just too many better alternatives.