May 19, 2016

There’s so much to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and make of equipment is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats really worth the investment? The list goes on and on.

Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another important question pops up:

Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?

There are many types of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are considered the leading filtration product by Stevenson 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 family’s air. These are the types of filters typically used in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Stevenson Service Experts offers them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts advise 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 assist with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems operate more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.

 
    
 

Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters

These are your more standard home air filters and can be found at the majority of big box stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, 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 cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can remove up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number 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 basic type of home air filter. These filters do not generally improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the parts. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, 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 Stevenson Service Experts 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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