Which Air Filter is Right for You Published on 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 equipment is ideal for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually 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 major question pops up: Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health? There are many types of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to stay healthy. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters HEPA filters are rated as the top filtration product by Mountainwest Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can get rid of up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters usually utilized in hospitals to destroy germs and keep everyone healthy, but Mountainwest Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system. High-Efficiency Home Air Filters These filters remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. 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 the majority of department stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be replaced more often – every 30-90 days 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 your home’s air pollutants and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count 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 home air filter type. These filters do not generally improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were created to protect the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the pieces. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $1 each. If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.