May 19, 2016

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

Just when you think all the decisions have been made, 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 rated as the leading filtration product by Stark Services, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the EPA. HEPA filters can kill up to 98% of pollutants in your home’s air. These are the types of filters usually utilized in hospitals to destroy germs and keep patients and staff 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 installation of a whole-home HEPA air filtration system.

 
 
 

High-Efficiency Home Air Filters

These bad boys 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 work more efficiently, ultimately lowering energy costs which could save you money on utility 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 yearly 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 largest factor is the number of pleats per foot. The higher count of 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 enhance your home’s air quality; instead, they were intended to guard the heating and air conditioning equipment from having larger contaminants enter the system and damage the components. As a result, they aren’t successful at removing indoor air pollutants, but they are available for about $1 each.

 
 
 

If you’re having trouble deciding which air filter is the best choice for your home, give Stark Services 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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