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 invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and brand of AC is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats really worth the investment? And on and on it goes.

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

Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?

There are several kinds of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to stay 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 destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters usually installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These filters remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems work 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 standard home air filters and can be found at the majority of department stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number 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 plain type of home air filter. These filters do not normally better your family’s air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the pieces. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
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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 walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.

 
 
 
 
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