Endless are the points to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and model of equipment is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the investment? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another important question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered the ultimate filtration product by Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 typically installed in hospitals to remove germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning installs them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous 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 your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving 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 familiar home air filters and can be found at nearly all big box stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be switched out more often – every one to three months versus yearly like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters can cost you between $60 and $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 the air pollutants in your home and the biggest 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 improve your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to shelter the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and ruin 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’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.