Endless are the points to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of equipment is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the money? And round and round we go.
Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another important question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are several kinds of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a high priority 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 get rid of up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to destroy germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts suggest 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 relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems operate more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on 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 most department stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be replaced more often – every four to twelve weeks versus yearly 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 eliminate up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number 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 type of filters. These filters do not usually better your home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the components. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, 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 walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.