There’s so much to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of AC is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the money? And round and round we go.
Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, 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 big objective for many families to keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the top filtration product by Abbey Air , 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 used in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Abbey Air offers them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the installation 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 heating and air conditioning systems 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 standard home air filters and can be found at nearly all 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 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 type of home air filter. These filters do not usually enhance your indoor air quality; instead, they were created to protect the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and harm the parts. 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 aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.