Endless are the points to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of equipment is ideal for your home|? Are wifi thermostats truly worth the money? The list goes on and on.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another major question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are seen as the leading filtration product by , as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters usually installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts advise the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These bad boys remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems function more efficiently, ultimately decreasing energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more familiar home air filters and can be found at most big box stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be changed more often – every 30-90 days versus once a year 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 the air pollutants in your home and the most important factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your famiy’s air will be.
Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters
The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most plain type of filters. These filters do not generally enhance your indoor air quality; instead, they were created to protect the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and damage the pieces. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.
If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.