There’s so much to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of system is best for your home|? Are smart thermostats actually worth the investment? The list goes on and on.
Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another important question pops up:
Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?
There are a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered the top filtration product by Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 indoor air. These are the types of filters usually utilized in hospitals to destroy germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning supplies them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues 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 air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems work more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on heating and cooling 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 cost less, they also have to be switched out more often – every 30-90 days versus once a year 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can remove 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 the air will be.
Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters
The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most basic type of filters. These filters do not usually enhance your home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to protect the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and harm the parts. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but they are available 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.