Which Air Filter is Right for Your Health

May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and brand of equipment is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the cost? And on and on it goes.

Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another critical question pops up:

Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?

There are several kinds of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to be healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are rated as the ultimate filtration product by Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters typically used in hospitals to destroy germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts provides them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These guys remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems function more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on heating and cooling bills year after year.

 
    
 

Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters

These are your more typical home air filters and can be found at the majority of department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be changed more often – every 30-90 days versus annually like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your famiy’s air will be.

 
 
 

Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most basic type of home air filter. These filters do not normally improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the components. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
 
 

If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.

 
 
 
 
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