Choose the Air Filter That’s Right for Your Home 

There’s so much to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of system is ideal for your home? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the investment? The list goes on and on. 

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

Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health? 

There are many types of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to keep healthy. 

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters 

HEPA filters are considered the top filtration product by Stevenson Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can remove up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters typically installed in hospitals to destroy germs and keep everyone healthy, but Stevenson Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system. 

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High-Efficiency Home Air Filters 

These guys remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment work more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year. 

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Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters 

These are your more familiar home air filters and can be found at nearly all home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be changed more often – every 30-90 days versus annually 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 destroy up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner the air will be. 

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Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters 

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most plain home air filter type. These filters do not normally enhance your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and harm the pieces. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but you can purchase them for about $1 each. 

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If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your 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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