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There’s a lot about indoor air quality that you might not be aware of and certainly can’t see. Up to 72 trillion microscopic irritants/allergens find their way into your home every day. They include dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, tobacco smoke, cooking grease and bacteria. Many of these particles are so small that your nose and throat can’t filter them out, and they can get deep into your lungs.

Run-of-the-mill, cheap air filters which cost around a buck do little or nothing to capture these irritants. All they collect is the big stuff like pet hair and dust the size of small boulders.

The correct solution would be to get the expensive, $17.00 HEPA filters, right? Not really. While they do great things for your air quality by trapping most allergens, these type of filters can starve your system of free-flowing air, thus making it work way too hard.

Another solution is the stand-alone, ionic-type room air cleaner. Unfortunately, they are only effective within a certain radius. Additionally, at a cost of $300 to $500 apiece, buying one for each room can be cost-prohibitive.

Finding that happy medium

The best A/C filter costs about $3.00 each and are readily available at most home improvement stores. While pleated like the $17.00 ones, these filters aren’t “over-pleated” and do allow air to readily go through them.

If you can afford it, the ideal solution is installing a whole home air cleaner. American Standard, my choice for the best A/C systems on the market, has one called AccuClean. It works as part of your heating and cooling system which means it’s designed to clean the air in every room of your home.

The AccuClean’s unique filtration system has the highest efficiency of any air cleaner on the market. It removes up to an unprecedented 99.98% of unwanted particles and allergens from the filtered air in your home. Standard filters and ionic-type room appliances can’t even begin to match that while HEPA filters can clog, reducing airflow throughout your system.

Finally, no matter what system you have or filters you use, be sure to replace your filters regularly.

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