Which Air Filter is Right for Your Health
There are so many things to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and brand of system is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the investment? And round and round we go.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another important question pops up:
Which home air filter is best for my health?
There are a variety of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the top filtration product by Air Engineers , as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but Air Engineers installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These guys remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems run more efficiently, ultimately decreasing 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 common home air filters and can be found at most big box stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be replaced more often – every 30-90 days 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 remove up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more 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 basic home air filter type. These filters do not generally better your home’s air quality; instead, they were created to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and ruin the components. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but only cost around $1 each.
If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give Air Engineers Service Experts a call today and we will talk you through all the options and help you decide which air filter is best for your home’s air.