Fiberglass in Window HVAC Units

Fiberglass Awareness

A white Frigidaire window heat pump unit inside of a window with duct tape around the edges of the window sill.

Now that we have been working hard at eliminating fiberglass from our lives I have an easier time pinpointing where it's coming from when I do feel it in the air.

A white Frigidaire window heat pump unit inside of a window with the front panel open and duct tape around the edges of the window sill.

After having the AC unit off for a few weeks my husband turned it on. When I walked in front of it I could immediately feel the thickness in the air. My eyes burned, face felt numb, nose started to stuff up and my right lung ached. Fiberglass. It's in that thing. I know it is. I had to break the news to my husband who was very proud of the new window heat pumps he had recently bought.

A white Frigidaire window heat pump unit inside of a window with the front panel open and a person pulling out a screen-like filter.

"I have bad news, I feel fiberglass coming from that thing." My husband opened up the front of the unit and looked at the filter. Sure enough, it was made from fiberglass.

A person with red painted fingernails holding a  white screen-like filter.

A washable fiberglass screen like filter.

Close-up - A person with red painted fingernails holding a  white screen-like filter.
A clear and green plastic Duck brand Air Conditioning Replacement Filter. The package reads  Air Conditioner Filter Replacement Filter 24 wide x 15 high x 1/4 thick, Eliminates dust and pollen from the air, Washable and reusable, Cut to Size. 1 Fits One Air Conditioning Window Unit.

He placed an order for non-fiberglass filters and we kept the unit off until the replacement filters arrived in the mail.

A gray sponge-like foam filter laying on a table on top of the plastic packaging bag with a pair of red scissors next to it.

When they came in he cut one to the size of the original filter and put it in the unit.

A white Frigidaire window heat pump unit inside of a window with the front panel open showing a gray sponge-like filter.

He turned the unit on. The typical fiberglass symptoms that I can feel when it's in the air did not happen. So far, so good.

Sharon Maguire - Updated 2-23-2017

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