Endless are the points to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and model of AC is right for your home|? Are wifi thermostats actually worth the cost? The list goes on and on.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another important question pops up:
Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?
There are many types of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can get rid of up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning supplies them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These bad boys remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems run 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 the majority of big box stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be replaced 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 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 eliminate up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more 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 simple home air filter type. These filters do not usually improve your indoor air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the parts. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing 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 Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.