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 system is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the investment? The list goes on and on.
Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another essential question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are many types of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the top filtration product by Donelson 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 utilized in hospitals to kill germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Donelson Air Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous 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 help with alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems operate 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 most department 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 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 nearly the same price. Standard pleated air filters can remove up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count 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 improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to shelter the HVAC 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 they are available for about $1 each.
If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give Donelson Air Service Experts a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.