Choose the Air Filter That's Best for Your Family's Health

May 19, 2016

Endless are the points to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of AC is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats really worth the investment? The list goes on and on.

Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another essential question pops up:

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

There are several kinds of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by Service Experts , as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can eliminate up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to destroy germs and keep everyone healthy, but Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase 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 reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems operate more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.

 
    
 

Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters

These are your more common home air filters and can be found at nearly all home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be replaced more often – every four to twelve weeks versus annually like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters can cost you between $60 and $100, for annual cost you’re looking at nearly the same price. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the most important factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner the 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 usually better your home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and harm the parts. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
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If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice 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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