Endless are the points to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of AC is right for your home|? Are smart 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 considered the leading filtration product by D & K Home Services, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can get rid of 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 Home Services installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical 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 alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment operate 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 remove up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more pleats, the better the air flow, and the cleaner your home’s 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 generally enhance your family’s air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the heating and cooling 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 you can purchase them for about $1 each.
If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give D&K Home Services by Enercare a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.