There’s so much to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of AC is ideal for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the cost? And round and round we go.
Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another important question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are several kinds of home air filters from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to be healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are considered the ultimate filtration product by Neal Harris , 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 usually used in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Neal Harris provides them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health problems for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These guys remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters assist with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment function 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 familiar home air filters and can be found at the majority of department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be replaced more often – every 30-90 days versus annually 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 basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants 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 plain home air filter type. These filters do not usually enhance your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage 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 Neal Harris Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.