Which Air Filter is Right for Your Health
There’s so much to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and brand of equipment is ideal for your home? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the cost? The list goes on and on.
Just when you think you are done making home comfort decisions, another essential question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are several kinds of home air filters available for your home. 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 Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can kill 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 people healthy, but Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning installs them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts advise the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These bad boys remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems function 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 home improvement 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 range from $60 to $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 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 normally better your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to shelter the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the parts. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.
If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning a call today and we will explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.
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