May 19, 2016

There’s so much to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and brand of AC is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the cost? The list goes on and on.

Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, 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 big objective 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 usually utilized in hospitals to kill germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the investment 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 relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems operate more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year.

 
    
 

Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters

These are your more common home air filters and can be found at most big box stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be replaced more often – every 30-90 days 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 destroy up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the largest 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 home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin 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 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.

 
 
 
 
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