Are Air Filters Recyclable?
Are Home Air Filters Recyclable?
Typically air filters should be put in the garbage, rather than recycled. Although some of the material is recyclable, (such as the paper box on the outside) the filter collects all sorts of containments to keep them out of your lungs, so they are trash rather than recycle. Although it may appear recyclable, all of those particles that it has collected while in use make it unsafe to recycle. The filter has completed its task of keeping you healthy, and now needs to be disposed of.
When removing the filter, it’s suggested that you put it immediately into a trash bag and seal tightly so that you don’t let dust and particulates fall back into the air. A dirty air filter is covered in these, and are exactly what you’re trying to keep out of your body.
So when it comes time to change your filter, have a trash bag ready and throw it in the trash rather than recycle bin. If you’re confused about which way your filter goes in, please see our blog on that as well.
Which Direction Does The Arrow Go When Installing an Air Filter?
Which Direction Does The Arrow on An Air Filter Go?
It's a strangely surprising task, changing your home air filters. There’s an arrow on the box, and it says to point in the direction of “Air Flow”, but what does that mean? It means the arrow faces the unit, or in other words, facing inside the space you’re putting it into. Assuming your unit is outside or in your attic, you want the arrow to face the unit.
Let’s make this simpler though. Make the arrows face the ceiling or wall.
If your filter is on the ceiling, the arrow should face the ceiling.
If your filter is on the wall, the arrow should face the wall.
Does your filter not have an arrow on it? First check again as nearly all filters do have it, likely in the corner of one of the sides. If it does not have an arrow though, you’ll want the side with the wire-frame to be facing outward. This means the side with the wire-frame will be on the outside, or the side closest to you, and the side without it will be inside closer to the unit.
If you’re still having trouble, you can email us a picture of the filter and encasement and we’ll let you know which way it goes. All of QualityAirFilters filters come equipped with the arrow for easy installation.
The Difference Between Allergen and Allergy
Have you ever been confused about the difference between the words allergen and allergy? Are they correlated? Sure they are but by no means do they mean the same thing.
Your Pets and Your Air Filters
Your pets affect how often you need to change your home's air filters. The air recirculates through the system and pet hair can get stuck.