Choose the Air Filter That's Right for Your Home
There’s so much to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and model of AC is best for your home|? Are smart thermostats actually worth the cost? The list goes on and on.
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 many types 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 ultimate 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 indoor air. These are the types of filters usually installed in hospitals to remove germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts offers them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health ailments 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 aid in reducing 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 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 changed 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 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 basic 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 enter the system and damage 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.