Endless are the points to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and brand of AC is best for your home|? Are smart thermostats really 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 will be best for my family’s health?
There are many types of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to stay healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered the top filtration product by Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health ailments 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 your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems operate more efficiently, ultimately decreasing energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more familiar home air filters and can be found at nearly all department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be switched out more often – every four to twelve weeks 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the largest 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 simple type of home air filter. These filters do not usually improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were created to protect 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 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.