There’s so much to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you purchase 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 might have made all the decisions there are to make, another major question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are many types of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a main goal 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 get rid of up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters typically installed in hospitals to destroy germs and keep everyone healthy, but Service Experts provides them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These bad boys remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems run more efficiently, ultimately decreasing energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more familiar home air filters and can be found at nearly all home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be changed more often – every 30-90 days versus once a year 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 basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your home’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 generally improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were created to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the components. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but you can purchase them 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.