There’s so much to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and brand of equipment is right for your home|? Are smart thermostats actually worth the cost? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another major question pops up:
Which home air filter is best for my health?
There are a variety of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to stay healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are seen as the leading filtration product by Finch Air Conditioning & Heating , as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters commonly installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep patients and staff healthy, but Finch Air Conditioning & Heating provides them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These guys remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment operate more efficiently, ultimately decreasing energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more familiar home air filters and can be found at nearly all big box stores. While pleated home air filters may come with a lower price tag, they also have to be switched out more often – every 30-90 days versus yearly 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 basically the same amount. 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 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 simple home air filter type. These filters do not generally better your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and ruin the components. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $1 each.
If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Finch Air Conditioning & Heating a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.