We all recognize the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the air inside the normal home is around five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, whether it is at home or in the office. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental dangers. Some normal 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 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 goes through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other pollutants can all be captured, greatly boosting your home’s indoor air quality.
MERV is short for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in simpler terms, it states the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be anywhere 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 figure out 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 realize the importance of indoor air quality and help ensure the air in your home is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort systems give us a ring at 704-233-7363 to set up an appointment with us.