There are so many things to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and brand of system is ideal for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the cost? And on and on it goes.
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 many types of home air filters from which you can choose. 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 top filtration product by Kingston Home Services by Enercare, 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 usually utilized in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but Kingston Home Services by Enercare installs them for home air filters. If there are any critical 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 your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters help with relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and cooling equipment operate 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 common home air filters and can be found at nearly all department stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be switched out more often – every 30-90 days versus once a year 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate up to 45% of your home’s air pollutants 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 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 normally improve your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to shelter the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin 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 need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give Kingston Home Services by Enercare a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.