May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and brand of system is ideal for your home|? Are wifi thermostats truly worth the investment? The list goes on and on.

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

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

There are many types of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to be healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are seen as the top filtration product by Barlow 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 indoor air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to destroy germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Barlow Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the purchase 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 relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment run more efficiently, ultimately decreasing 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 the majority of department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be replaced more often – every four to twelve weeks versus annually 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 eliminate 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 home’s air will be.

 
 
 

Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most plain type of filters. These filters do not usually enhance your indoor air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the pieces. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but only cost around $1 each.

 
 
 

If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give Barlow Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.

 
 
 
 
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