Endless are the points to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of system is right for your home? Are smart thermostats actually worth the cost? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another essential question pops up:
Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?
There are many types 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 considered the top filtration product by Roland J. Down Service Experts, 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 commonly used in hospitals to remove germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Roland J. Down Service Experts provides them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts advise the installation 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 aid in relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment function more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more typical home air filters and can be found at the majority of home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, 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 remove 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 basic type of home air filter. These filters do not generally better your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the components. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but only cost around $1 each.
If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Roland J. Down Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.
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