May 19, 2016

Endless are the points to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and make of AC is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the investment? And on and on it goes.

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

Which home air filter is best for my health?

There are several kinds of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are seen as the top filtration product by Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can kill up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters commonly used in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts offers them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts advise the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These filters remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist 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 familiar 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 switched out more often – every 30-90 days 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 eliminate up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more 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 normally better your family’s air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and harm the pieces. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, 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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