Endless are the points to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of equipment is right for your home|? Are smart thermostats really worth the investment? The list goes on and on.
Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, 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 available for your home. 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 ultimate filtration product by A1 Chesney 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 family’s air. These are the types of filters typically used in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but A1 Chesney Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts advise the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These bad boys 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 HVAC systems run more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more common 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 replaced more often – every four to twelve weeks versus annually 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 remove up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number of 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 home’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the components. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $1 each.
If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give A1 Chesney 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.