There are so many things to consider when it comes to ideal home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and model of system is best for your home|? Are smart thermostats really worth the investment? And round and round we go.
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 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 ultimate filtration product by Niagara 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 used in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Niagara Home Services by Enercare offers them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the installation 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 aid in relieving allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems operate more efficiently, ultimately decreasing 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 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 replaced more often – every four to twelve weeks 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 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 home’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 improve your family’s air quality; instead, they were created to shelter the HVAC equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the parts. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.
If you need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give Niagara Home Services by Enercare 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.