Choose the Air Filter That's Best for Your Family's Health

May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to absolute home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of system is ideal for your home|? Are wifi thermostats truly worth the investment? The list goes on and on.

Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another important question pops up:

Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?

There are many types of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a big objective for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by BW/Cook Service Experts, 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 installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep everyone healthy, but BW/Cook Service Experts provides them for home air filters. If there are any critical respirational health ailments 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 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 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 home improvement stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be switched out more often – every one to three months 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 largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The more 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 simple type of filters. These filters do not generally improve your family’s air quality; instead, they were designed to protect the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and harm the components. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but only cost around $1 each.

 
 
 

If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give BW/Cook Service Experts 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.

 
 
 
 
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