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Old 10-26-2015, 02:43 PM   #1
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Ceiling return air filters

Anyone changed out the black foam filters in ceiling return air grills to something better?

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Old 10-26-2015, 03:22 PM   #2
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No. Haven't changed them out. We Just keep them clean and they do the job. Bought a few extras from Newmar just to have on hand.
Just wondering, Have you been having a problem with them? What better result would you hope to see from some other product? Just curious. Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2015, 03:23 PM   #3
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Not sure there is anything better. Can probably find a filter that stops smaller particulate matter, but it will also then reduce the amount of air that can get through. Will the reduced amount of air cause a problem? Don't know. When I had the basement acnd in a winnebago it did. Factory told me to not use the filter I had and to keep it the same as they supplied.
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Old 10-26-2015, 03:38 PM   #4
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X2 on keeping them clean. I bought some filter material that does a better job and hasn't posed any issues. Got it at Home Depot and cut to size. The black original filters were not cut to fit the grill, I thought they allowed a lot of dust to get into the system.

Since we started using the new filter material we have noticed a reduction in the dust settling on furniture. Good luck on your decision.
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Old 10-26-2015, 05:10 PM   #5
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Reducing the airflow by increasing the restriction would almost certainly be a problem for ductwork that is already marginal. What you would notice at its worst would be a frozen up coil. I checked my coil recently on my 2005 MADP. No accumulated dust on the coil fins after all these years using the factory original.

Just as a tip, you can buy a sheet of your filter material at most heating and air conditioning supply houses that will make all the replacements you will need for a long time. It is a bulk sheet used in many window air conditioners, probably 24"X36".
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I do have extra foam filters that I purchased at NewMar of one of my many Vists. Just polling to see if there was something better out there in NewMar land.

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Old 10-26-2015, 05:49 PM   #7
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X2 on the coil freezing up. From experience I will admit that I missed cleaning the filters once when Zi should have and the front A/C unit did not get enough airflow over the coil. Just happy I figured out what was going on before any real damage was done. I've seen the type material that others have mentioned and it is good to know that there are some alternatives out there. The key message seems to be that we shouldn't 't be doing anything that further restricts airflow though the system. Safe travels!
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I just went to a local store and bought a sheet of the filter material and cut new ones. I still washed them out and reused them as necessary.
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I use the stock ones too-- just have an extra set and swap them out when needed and then wash the ones I took out for the next iteration.
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I use the stock ones too-- just have an extra set and swap them out when needed and then wash the ones I took out for the next iteration.
Same thing here. Bought extra from Newmar (at 10 a piece) change them out as needed, wash and let them dry, ready for the next time, it's all good.
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10 each? That's a no brainer!
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