Choose the Air Filter That’s Right for Your Home
Endless are the points to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and make of equipment is right for your home? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the investment? And round and round we go.
Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another major 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 big objective for many families to stay healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are seen as the leading filtration product by Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters typically utilized in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning supplies them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These filters remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems work more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on energy costs which could save you money on heating and cooling bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more common home air filters and can be found at most home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be changed more often – every one to three months versus annually 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 nearly the same price. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your home’s air will be.
Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters
The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most basic home air filter type. These filters do not usually better your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to shelter the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and ruin the components. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but you can purchase them for about $1 each.
If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.
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