There are so many things to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of AC is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the cost? And round and round we go.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another critical 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 high priority for many families to keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered the ultimate filtration product by Abbey Air 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 indoor air. These are the types of filters commonly used in hospitals to destroy germs and keep everyone healthy, but Abbey Air Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These filters remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems 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 familiar home air filters and can be found at nearly all home improvement 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 pollutants in your home’s air and the most important 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 simple home air filter type. These filters do not generally enhance your indoor air quality; instead, they were designed to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate 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 aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Abbey Air Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.