Which Air Filter is Right for You Published on May 19, 2016 There’s so much to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of equipment is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the cost? And on and on it goes. Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another critical question pops up: Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health? There are several kinds of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to stay healthy. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters HEPA filters are considered the top filtration product by Hammond Plumbing, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can remove up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters commonly used in hospitals to kill germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Hammond Plumbing offers them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous 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 guys remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems operate more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year. Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters These are your more typical home air filters and can be found at nearly all big box stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be switched out 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can remove up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home 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 the air will be. Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most plain type of filters. These filters do not normally improve your family’s air quality; instead, they were intended to shelter the HVAC 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 they are available for about $1 each. If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Hammond Plumbing & Heating a call today and we will talk you through all the options and help you decide which air filter is best for your home’s air.