There’s so much to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and make of system is ideal for your home? Are smart thermostats really worth the money? And on and on it goes.
Just when you think all the decisions have been made, another essential question pops up:
Which home air filter is best for my health?
There are many types 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 seen as the top 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 indoor air. These are the types of filters usually used in hospitals to remove germs and keep people healthy, but BW/Cook Service Experts provides them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.
High-Efficiency Home Air Filters
These filters remove 85% of pollutants in your home’s air. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning systems function more efficiently, ultimately cutting down on energy costs which could save you money on utility bills year after year.
Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters
These are your more typical home air filters and can be found at most department stores. While pleated home air filters may cost less, they also have to be switched out more often – every 30-90 days 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. Standard pleated air filters can eliminate 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 the 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 generally improve your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and damage the pieces. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, 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 explain your options and help you make the best decision for your indoor air quality.
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