Endless are the points to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of system is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly 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 important question pops up:
Which home air filter is best for my health?
There are many types of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered 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 family’s air. These are the types of filters commonly utilized in hospitals to remove germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Service Experts offers them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These guys remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems run 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 familiar home air filters and can be found at most department stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be switched out more often – every four to twelve weeks 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 basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of 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 home air filter type. These filters do not generally better your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and harm the parts. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but they are available 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.