Which Air Filter is Right for You Published on May 19, 2016 There are so many things to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of equipment is ideal for your home|? Are smart thermostats actually worth the investment? And on and on it goes. Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another important 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 big objective for many families to be 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 eliminate up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters typically utilized in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system. High-Efficiency Home Air Filters These bad boys remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in alleviating 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 nearly all big box stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be changed more often – every one to three months versus once a year 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 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 most important factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count 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 filters. These filters do not usually improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to shelter the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the components. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $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 walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.