Choose the Air Filter That's Best for Your Family's Health

May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of equipment is right for your home|? Are smart thermostats really 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 major question pops up:

Which home air filter is best for my health?

There are many types of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to be 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 home’s air. These are the types of filters typically utilized in hospitals to destroy germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts offers them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 Service Experts Product HEPA Home Air Filters
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These guys remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment operate more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.

 
    High-Efficiency Home Air Filters Service Experts Product
 

Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters

These are your more typical home air filters and can be found at most home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be changed 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 basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner the air will be.

 
 Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
 

Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most plain type of home air filter. These filters do not usually enhance your home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the pieces. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
 basic fiberglass home air filters
 

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.