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 nearly five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, whether they are at home or in a store. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental hazards. A few normal indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a couple common terms normally used when discussing indoor air quality, so make sure know about 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 passes through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other pollutants 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 simple terms, it says the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can range from 1-16 with the higher rating getting rid of more contaminants and allergens without impacting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to figure out 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 be sure the air inside your house is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a shout at 209-257-3156 to schedule an appointment with us.