May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and brand of system is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats really worth the money? The list goes on and on.

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 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 considered the leading filtration product by Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can destroy up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters commonly installed in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning supplies them for home air filters. If there are any serious respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts advise the installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These filters remove 85% of your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in alleviating 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 typical 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 four to twelve weeks 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 basically the same amount. 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 plain home air filter type. These filters do not normally better your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to protect the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants get into the system and ruin the components. As a result, they can only remove less than 10% of your indoor air pollutants, but you can purchase them for about $1 each.

 
 
 

If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & 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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