We all know the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t recognize is that the air inside the regular home is approximately 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. Some of the usual indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms regularly used when discussing indoor air quality, so make sure know about these:
You’ve possibly seen or heard this term used, but do you grasp 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 impurities can all be captured, greatly improving your home’s indoor air quality.
MERV is a shortened version of “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in easier terms, it tells you the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be anywhere from 1-16 with the higher rating getting rid of more contaminants and allergens without restricting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to decide on 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 realize the importance of indoor air quality and help be 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 shout at 520-357-4912 to schedule an appointment with us.