Choose the Air Filter That's Best for Your Family's Health

May 19, 2016

Endless are the points to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and brand of AC is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the money? And round and round we go.

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

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

There are several kinds of home air filters from which you can choose. 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 top filtration product by Peitz 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 installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Peitz Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These bad boys remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems run more efficiently, ultimately lowering 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 standard home air filters and can be found at most home improvement 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 yearly 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 basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can remove up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants 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 basic type of filters. These filters do not usually improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were created to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the components. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
 
 

If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give Peitz Service Experts a call today and we will talk you through all the options and help you decide which air filter is best for your home’s air.

 
 
 
 
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