Which Air Filter is Right for You Published on May 19, 2016 Endless are the points to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and brand of system is right for your home|? Are smart thermostats actually worth the money? And on and on it goes. Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another essential question pops up: Which home air filter is best for my health? There are several kinds of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to stay 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 get rid of up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters commonly used in hospitals to destroy 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 suggest the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system. 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 relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment run more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year. Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters These are your more common home air filters and can be found at the majority of home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be replaced 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 cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your home’s air will be. Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most simple home air filter type. These filters do not generally improve your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the components. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but you can purchase them for about $1 each. If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.