There are so many things to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and make of system is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the money? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another critical 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 high priority for many families to keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered the leading filtration product by Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can remove up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters commonly utilized in hospitals to kill germs and keep patients and staff 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 bad boys remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist with alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems 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 common home air filters and can be found at the majority of big box stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be replaced more often – every 30-90 days versus annually 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 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 basic type of home air filter. These filters do not normally enhance your indoor air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the parts. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but you can purchase them for about $1 each.
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.