May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of system is right for your home|? Are wifi thermostats actually worth the money? The list goes on and on.

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 a variety of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to stay healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are rated as the ultimate 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 commonly installed in hospitals to remove 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 recommend the installation 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 help with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC 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 common 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 replaced 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 cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can destroy 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 filters. These filters do not generally improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were created to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and harm the components. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $1 each.

 
 
 

If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice 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.

 
 
 
 
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