Which Air Filter is Right for Your 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 make of equipment is ideal for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the money? And round and round we go.

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

Which home air filter is best for my 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 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 indoor air. These are the types of filters commonly utilized in hospitals to destroy germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any critical 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 bad boys remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment function more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year.

 
    
 

Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters

These are your more familiar home air filters and can be found at most home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be switched out more often – every four to twelve weeks versus once a year like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters range from $60 to $100, for annual cost you’re looking at nearly the same price. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the most important factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number of 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 home air filter. These filters do not usually better your family’s air quality; instead, they were created to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the components. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
 basic fiberglass home air filters
 

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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