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 conditioner? Which size and brand of equipment is ideal for your home|? Are wifi thermostats really worth the money? And on and on it goes.

Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another essential question pops up:

Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?

There are a variety of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to stay healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are considered the top filtration product by All American Air 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 usually utilized in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but All American Air Service Experts provides them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These guys 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 cooling equipment function more efficiently, ultimately decreasing 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 department stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be switched out 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 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 eliminate up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more 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 filters. These filters do not usually better your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the parts. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
 
 

If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give All American Air Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.

 
 
 
 
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