The air quality inside your home can play a large role in the health of your family, and better air quality starts with a better filter. Over the last decade, technology has made filters better and more efficient, but it’s also made choosing the right one even more confusing. Read on for a brief primer on the different types of filters available.

Fiberglass filter. While fiberglass filters are the most common, they’re not the best choice. Sure, they’re cheap, but they remove less than 10 percent of pollutants—they’re throwaway filters that mostly just throw your money away.

Polyester and pleated filters. Both of these filters work similarly to fiberglass filters, but they remove much more debris for just a little more money.

Washable filters. Most pros will tell you not to bother with these types of filters. They’re expensive, they require a lot of work to keep them functioning, and they don’t do a great job of keeping your air clean.

High-efficiency filters. Known as HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance), these filters are great at trapping mold, dust, and other particulates. They’re most commonly found in commercial buildings.

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