There’s so much to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of system is right for your home|? Are wifi thermostats really 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 is best for my 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 rated as the ultimate filtration product by Fras-Air/General 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 home’s air. These are the types of filters commonly installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Fras-Air/General Service Experts provides them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These guys 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 heating and cooling equipment run more efficiently, ultimately lowering 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 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 cost anywhere from $60-$100, for annual cost you’re looking at nearly the same price. 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 usually improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and harm the components. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but you can purchase them for about $1 each.
If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Fras-Air/General Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.