Which Air Filter is Right for Your Health

May 19, 2016

Endless are the points to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and make of AC is ideal for your home|? Are smart thermostats actually worth the investment? And on and on it goes.

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

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

There are a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are seen as the top filtration product by R & M Climate Control 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 home’s air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but R & M Climate Control Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These filters 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 HVAC systems work 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 most big box stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be switched out more often – every 30-90 days 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 destroy up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the largest 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.

 
 
 

Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most simple type of filters. These filters do not generally better your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and harm the pieces. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but you can purchase them for about $1 each.

 
 
 

If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give R & M Climate Control 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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