May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you invest in a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and make of AC is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly 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 should I choose for my family’s health?

There are a variety of home air filters you can choose from. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to keep healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are considered the ultimate filtration product by McKinley Heating 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 installed in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but McKinley Heating Service Experts supplies them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts suggest the purchase 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 help with alleviating allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems function more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on energy bills year after year.

 
    
 

Standard Pleated Media Home Air Filters

These are your more typical home air filters and can be found at the majority of department stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be switched out more often – every one to three months versus once a year 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 six with one, half a dozen with the other. 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 the air will be.

 
 
 

Basic Fiberglass Home Air Filters

The flat, fiberglass air filters are the most plain type of home air filter. These filters do not normally better your family’s air quality; instead, they were created to shelter the heating and cooling equipment from having larger contaminants infiltrate the system and damage the pieces. 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 need help deciding which air filter is the best fit for you home, give McKinley Heating 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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