May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and brand of equipment is ideal for your home|? Are wifi thermostats actually worth the money? The list goes on and on.

Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another major question pops up:

Which home air filter is best for my health?

There are a variety of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are rated as the ultimate filtration product by Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can eliminate up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Service Experts offers 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 aid in alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems operate 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 cost less, they also have to be switched out more often – every four to twelve weeks versus once a year 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 basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can remove up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest 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 simple type of home air filter. These filters do not generally improve your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the components. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing 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 walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.

 
 
 
 
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