Endless are the points to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and model of AC is best for your home|? Are wifi thermostats really worth the money? The list goes on and on.
Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another essential question pops up:
Which home air filter is best for my health?
There are a variety of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered the leading filtration product by Strand Brothers , as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can remove up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters commonly utilized in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Strand Brothers installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts recommend 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 relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems run more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on 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 home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be replaced more often – every one to three months versus once a year like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters range from $60 to $100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can remove up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of 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 home air filter. These filters do not normally enhance your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to protect the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the components. 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 aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Strand Brothers Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.