There’s so much to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and make of system is right for your home|? Are smart 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 critical question pops up:
Which home air filter will be best 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 keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by Church Services, 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 utilized in hospitals to kill germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Church Services installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts advise the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These bad boys remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems function more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more typical home air filters and can be found at most big box stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be replaced more often – every four to twelve weeks versus annually like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters range from $60 to $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 the air pollutants in your home 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 plain type of home air filter. These filters do not usually enhance your indoor air quality; instead, they were created to shelter the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the pieces. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but you can purchase them for about $1 each.
If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Church Services a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.