There are so many things to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and model of equipment is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats really worth the cost? And round and round we go.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, 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 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 seen as the top 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 everyone healthy, but Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts suggest 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 alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC 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 the majority of big box stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be replaced more often – every one to three months 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 your home’s air pollutants and the most important factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more 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 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 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 aren’t sure which air filter is best 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.