There is a shortage on air conditioner filters right now in my area

I’m surprised to see bigger shortages on common, everyday products this late into the pandemic opposed to the beginning. I learned that the supply lines weren’t operating at a two-year deficit when the pandemic kicked off in early 2020; there were job closures left and right that affected manufacturing, but many products were already sitting in warehouses. Now we’ve exhausted the surplus while seeing historic inflation. As a result, the products still available are more expensive, while everything else is only on store shelves for short periods of time before they’re unavailable again. If you like a particular variety of snack chips, you better get two the next time you see them in stock. It could be the last time they’re available for the next two months! This isn’t limited to food products, of course. My mother is disabled and uses disposable wash clothes every single day. Unfortunately, they’ve been difficult to source lately. But the one product that surprised me the most was our particular air conditioner filter that we like. Our air handler takes an 18 inch by 18 inch filter, and we can’t find our odor reduction filters in this size no matter what store we visit. We have looked for months now and had to find a different filter to use in the meantime. It was an odor reducing filter with activated charcoal on one side, but I was able to find cut-to-fit strips of activated charcoal that I could add to a standard filter. At least I can still get my odor reduction that I desperately need!

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