We all know the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t know is that the air inside the regular 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’s at home or running errands. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental hazards. A couple of the usual indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms normally used when talking about indoor air quality, so make sure know about these:
You’ve probably 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 simple terms, it tells you the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be between 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 understand 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 related to your home comfort systems give us a ring at 907-202-9798 to schedule an appointment with us.