May 19, 2016

There’s so much to consider when it comes to perfect home comfort. Should you buy a high-efficiency AC system? Which size and brand of system is best for your home|? Are programmable thermostats actually worth the cost? 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 a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a main goal for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are rated as the leading filtration product by Knochelmann Service Experts, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can kill up to 98% of pollutants in your indoor air. These are the types of filters commonly used in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Knochelmann Service Experts supplies 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 your home’s air pollutants. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your heating and air conditioning 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 come with a lower price tag, they also have to be switched out more often – every four to twelve weeks versus yearly 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 home’s air will be.

 
 
 

Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most basic home air filter type. These filters do not normally better your indoor air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and ruin the parts. As a result, they remove less than 10% of pollutants in your indoor air, but only cost around $1 each.

 
 
 

If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Knochelmann Service Experts a call today and we will walk you through your options to make the best decision for your family’s breathing air.

 
 
 
 
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