We all recognize the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t know is that the air inside the normal home is approximately five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, whether it is at home or in a store. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental dangers. A few common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a couple common terms regularly used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure you’re familiar with these:
You’ve likely seen or heard this term used, but do you know what it means? HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”. HEPA filtration systems are produced and certified to capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron (.000012” or 300x smaller than the diameter of human hair) particles from the air that heads through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other pollutants can all be captured, greatly increasing your home’s indoor air quality.
MERV is an acronym for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in simpler terms, it states the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be between 1-16 with the higher rating getting rid of more contaminants and allergens without inhibiting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to determine a filter with a MERV rating that will work best for your system.
We breathe on average 11,000 liters of air a day. We want to help you recognize the importance of indoor air quality and help make sure the air you’re breathing is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a call at 276-302-0076 to arrange an appointment with us.