There’s so much to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and model of AC is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats really worth the money? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another critical question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are a variety of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to stay healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the leading 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 commonly utilized in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts advise the investment 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 alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems function more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more standard home air filters and can be found at the majority of home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, 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 cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number 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 usually better your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and harm the pieces. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $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.