Choose the Air Filter That’s Best for Your Family’s Health
There’s so much to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and model of system is right for your home? Are smart thermostats truly worth the cost? And round and round we go.
Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, 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 you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are seen as the top filtration product by Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can eliminate up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters commonly used in hospitals to kill germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing installs them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts suggest 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 reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems function more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on 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 the majority of home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be switched out more often – every one to three months versus annually 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 basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the most important 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.
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 family’s air quality; instead, they were intended to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the pieces. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but they are available for about $1 each.
If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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.
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