Which Air Filter is Right for You Published on May 19, 2016 There are so many things to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and make of equipment is ideal for your home|? Are wifi thermostats really worth the money? The list goes on and on. Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another major question pops up: Which home air filter is best for my health? There are many types of home air filters available for your home. 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 kill up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters commonly utilized in hospitals to remove germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Service Experts offers them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the installation 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 help with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems work more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on energy costs which could save you money on heating and cooling 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 department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be changed more often – every one to three months versus annually 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can remove up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the biggest 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. Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most simple home air filter type. These filters do not generally enhance your indoor air quality; instead, they were created to shelter the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and harm the components. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but you can purchase them 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 a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.