There’s so much to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and model of system is right for your home? Are smart thermostats really worth the investment? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, 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 available for your home. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the top filtration product by A-Plus, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can eliminate up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but A-Plus provides them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the installation 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 help with alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems function more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on 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 most department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be changed more often – every 30-90 days versus yearly 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 basically the same amount. 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 enhance your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the parts. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $1 each.
If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give A-Plus 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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