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 average 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 they are at home or in the office. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental dangers. A couple common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also some common terms regularly used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure you’re familiar with these:
You’ve probably seen or heard this term used, but do you understand what it means? HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”. HEPA filtration systems are manufactured 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 contaminants can all be captured, greatly increasing your home’s indoor air quality.
MERV is a shortened version of “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in easier terms, it states the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can range from 1-16 with the higher rating removing more contaminants and allergens without impacting 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 home.
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 ensure the air you’re breathing is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort systems give us a call at 928-639-4251 to set up an appointment with us.