Endless are the points to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and model of AC is right for your home|? Are wifi thermostats really worth the money? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another essential question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are many types of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by Strand Brothers Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can remove up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters usually utilized in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Strand Brothers Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any serious 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 help with alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems run more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more standard home air filters and can be found at the majority of department stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, 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 cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can destroy 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 guard the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and harm 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.