Endless are the points to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and make of AC is ideal for your home|? Are smart thermostats actually worth the investment? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another essential question pops up:
Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?
There are a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to keep healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by Golden Seal Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can eliminate up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters usually installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but Golden Seal Service Experts offers them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase 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 aid in reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment run more efficiently, ultimately lowering 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 the majority of big box stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be changed more often – every one to three months versus once a year like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters can cost you between $60 and $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 your famiy’s 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 generally better your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and harm the pieces. 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 aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Golden Seal Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.