Choose the Air Filter That's Right for Your Home

May 19, 2016

There’s so much to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of AC is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats really worth the money? The list goes on and on.

Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another essential question pops up:

Which home air filter is best for my 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 seen as the top filtration product by Midland 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 family’s air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to kill germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Midland Air Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These bad boys remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems work more efficiently, ultimately decreasing 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 nearly all department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, 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 cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air 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 home’s air will be.

 
 
 

Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most simple type of filters. These filters do not normally better your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and ruin the components. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, 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 Midland Air 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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