May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and make of equipment is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly 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 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 rated as the leading 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 typically installed in hospitals to remove germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase 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 reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment operate more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on 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 nearly all home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be replaced more often – every four to twelve weeks versus yearly 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 nearly the same price. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air 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 filters. These filters do not normally improve your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the parts. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $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 talk you through all the options and help you decide which air filter is best for your home’s air.

 
 
 
 
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