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

May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of AC is right for your home|? Are smart thermostats actually worth the money? And on and on it goes.

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

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

There are a variety of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are considered the top 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 indoor air. These are the types of filters usually installed in hospitals to remove germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts suggest 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 assist with alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment run more efficiently, ultimately decreasing energy costs which could save you money on energy 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 come with a lower price tag, they also have to be replaced more often – every 30-90 days versus yearly 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 eliminate up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the largest 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 simple type of home air filter. These filters do not generally enhance your indoor air quality; instead, they were created to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and ruin the pieces. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
 
 

If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you 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.

 
 
 
 
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