There are so many things to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of AC is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the investment? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another major question pops up:
Which home air filter is best for my health?
There are a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to stay healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered 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 used in hospitals to remove 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 guys remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with 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 standard home air filters and can be found at nearly all department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be replaced more often – every one to three months 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 remove up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more 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 plain type of home air filter. These filters do not generally better your home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and cooling 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 only cost around $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 explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.