Best Air Filter for Better Indoor Air Quality

Best Air Filter for Better Indoor Air Quality

Home is where the heart is, but it is also the home of millions of germs. Airborne pollutants are responsible for several major respiratory problems, which can lead to serious health conditions. The type of air filter you use in your air conditioner can determine the indoor air quality you experience.

It is a known fact that breathing in bad air can trigger upper respiratory infections, allergies, and asthma. That is why we recommend using air filters that meet or exceed the EPA or Environmental Protection Agency standards. Options are available which will allow you to choose between two air cleaning systems. These systems (electric cleaners and mechanical air filters) can remove airborne pollutants.

Homes that are air tight can contribute to poor air quality. Although some home improvements can help stop drafts and eliminate high energy costs, they do very little to increase your indoor air quality. All air filters work, but some are more efficient than others. The type of air filter you choose should trap:

• Dust
• Pollen
• Dander
• Dust mites
• Most mold spores

To test the effectiveness of your air filter, the ASHRAE or American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers use a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating system. This system uses rating values from 1 to 20, with 1 being the lowest, and 20 the highest. It measures three main functions of a heating and cooling filtration system:

• The effectiveness of the air filters to remove pollutants
• The effectiveness of the airs filter to resist airflow
• The expected operating life of the product

Of the four main types of air filters, the HEPA air filter is the best choice. The HEPA or High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter offers the best protection. It catches up to 99.97% of airborne particles, and it is recognized by OSHA and EPA. The other three filters including the flat-panel fiberglass, the pleated media and the washable, reusable filters are overall less efficient.

If you need help determining which type of air filter will work best for your home, contact the experts at Axiom Home Services in Albuquerque today!