Endless are the points to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and brand of system is ideal for your home|? Are wifi thermostats really 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 many types of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to stay healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by Golden Seal, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can eliminate up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters commonly installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but Golden Seal supplies 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 help with reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment run 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 standard home air filters and can be found at most 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 remove up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher number of 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 basic type of home air filter. These filters do not usually better your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and harm the pieces. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $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 explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.