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 system is best for your home|? Are wifi thermostats really worth the investment? And round and round we go.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another important question pops up:
Which home air filter is best for my health?
There are several kinds of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by D & K Heating 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 people healthy, but D & K Heating Service Experts installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical 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 air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment work 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 common home air filters and can be found at the majority of home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be changed more often – every four to twelve weeks 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 nearly the same price. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more 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 plain home air filter type. These filters do not usually enhance your family’s air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and harm the components. 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 D & K Heating Service Experts a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.