There’s so much to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and brand of AC is right for your home|? Are smart thermostats truly worth the investment? 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 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 high priority 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 remove up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters typically installed in hospitals to destroy germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts provides 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 filters remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems work more efficiently, ultimately decreasing energy costs which could save you money on utility 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 home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be switched out 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 remove up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your famiy’s air will be.
Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters
The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most basic home air filter type. These filters do not normally enhance your family’s air quality; instead, they were intended to shelter the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the parts. 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 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 talk you through all the options and help you decide which air filter is best for your home’s air.