Which Air Filter is Right for Your Health

May 19, 2016

Endless are the points to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of AC is right for your home|? Are smart thermostats really worth the investment? 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 several kinds of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are seen as the leading 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 home’s air. These are the types of filters commonly installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the investment 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 your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist with alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems run more efficiently, ultimately decreasing 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 standard home air filters and can be found at nearly all big box stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be changed more often – every 30-90 days versus once a year 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 pollutants in your home’s air and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your home’s 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 improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and harm the parts. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $1 each.

 
 basic fiberglass home air filters
 

If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Matz-Rightway a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.

 
 
 
 
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