There’s so much to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and model of AC is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the investment? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another major question pops up:
Which home air filter should I choose for my family’s health?
There are a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to stay healthy.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters
HEPA filters are rated as the top filtration product by Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can remove up to 98% of pollutants in your family’s air. These are the types of filters usually utilized in hospitals to destroy germs and keep people healthy, but Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air offers them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These bad boys 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 HVAC systems work 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 nearly all home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, 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 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 filters. These filters do not usually better your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the parts. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, 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 Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air a call today and we will talk you through all the options and help you decide which air filter is best for your home’s air.