Which Air Filter is Right for Your Health 

There’s so much to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and model of AC is ideal for your home? Are wifi thermostats truly worth the cost? And on and on it goes. 

Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another critical 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 high priority for many families to stay healthy. 

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters 

HEPA filters are considered the ultimate filtration product by Stevenson Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters typically used in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Stevenson Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts advise the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system. 

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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 run more efficiently, ultimately decreasing energy costs which could save you money on heating and cooling bills year after year. 

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Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters 

These are your more common 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 30-90 days versus yearly like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters range from $60 to $100, for annual cost you’re looking at nearly the same price. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the most important factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your famiy’s air will be. 

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Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters 

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most basic type of home air filter. These filters do not normally better your indoor air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the pieces. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each. 

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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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