There are so many things to consider when it comes to ultimate 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 round and round we go.
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 several kinds of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to stay healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered the top filtration product by Fras-Air/General , as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Fras-Air/General 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 guys remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment run 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 typical 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 changed 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home and the largest 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 filters. These filters do not generally improve your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and harm 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 Fras-Air/General Service Experts a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.