Choose the Air Filter That's Best for Your Family's Health

May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of equipment is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the money? And round and round we go.

Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another major question pops up:

Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?

There are many types of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to stay healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are seen as the ultimate filtration product by Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can get rid of up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters typically 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 advise the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These filters 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 heating and air conditioning systems 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 big box stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, 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 cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the most important 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 plain type of filters. These filters do not normally enhance your family’s air quality; instead, they were created to protect the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and ruin the components. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but you can purchase them 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 explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.

 
 
 
 
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