Choose the Air Filter That's Right for Your Home

May 19, 2016

There are so many things to consider when it comes to total home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner? Which size and brand of system is right for your home|? Are programmable thermostats truly worth the cost? And on and on it goes.

Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, 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 from which you can choose. Allergy prevention is a big objective 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 commonly used in hospitals to kill germs and keep people healthy, but McKinley Heating Service Experts offers them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health ailments for anyone in the home, the experts advise the purchase of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These bad boys 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 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 most 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 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 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 basic home air filter type. These filters do not normally improve your family’s air quality; instead, they were created to shelter the HVAC 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 only cost around $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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