Which Air Filter is Right for Your Health

May 19, 2016

Endless are the points to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and model of system is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the investment? And round and round we go.

Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another major question pops up:

Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?

There are a variety of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to be healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are considered the ultimate 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 typically installed in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Service Experts provides them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous 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 filters remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment function more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on heating and cooling bills year after year.

 
    High-Efficiency Home Air Filters Service Experts Product
 

Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters

These are your more common home air filters and can be found at nearly all big box 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 annually like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters can cost you between $60 and $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 biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your famiy’s air will be.

 
 Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
 

Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most basic type of home air filter. These filters do not usually enhance your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the pieces. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, 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 Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning 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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