May 19, 2016

There’s so much to consider when it comes to ultimate home comfort. Should you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit? Which size and model of AC is best for your home|? Are smart thermostats truly worth the cost? The list goes on and on.

Just when you think you might have made all the decisions there are to make, another major question pops up:

Which home air filter will be best for my family’s health?

There are many types of home air filters available for your home. Allergy prevention is a high priority for many families to stay healthy.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Home Air Filters

HEPA filters are considered the leading filtration product by Stark Services, 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 utilized in hospitals to remove germs and keep everyone healthy, but Stark Services installs them for home air filters. If there are any dangerous respirational health issues for anyone in the home, the experts recommend the investment of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These guys remove 85% of air pollutants in your home. Not only will high-efficiency home air filters aid in reducing allergy symptoms, they also help your HVAC systems operate 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 big box stores. While pleated home air filters may have a lower cost, they also have to be changed more often – every four to twelve weeks versus annually like the whole-home HEPA and high-efficiency air filters. Since HEPA home air filters can cost you between $60 and $100, for annual cost you’re looking at basically the same amount. Standard pleated air filters can destroy up to 45% of pollutants in your home’s air and the biggest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of 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 enhance 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 damage the parts. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
 
 

If you aren’t sure which air filter is best for your home, give Stark Services 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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