Most people are aware of how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average home might be more polluted—reliant on actual circumstances, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, the EPA has indoor air pollution tiered as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found in homes. Since Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is crucial for great health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we are required to understand some terms commonly used to discuss indoor air quality.
HEPA is a term many people have heard or seen, but did you realize it stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”? HEPA filtration systems are designed—and certified—to capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (tinier than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that moves through the system. This greatly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are destroyed.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should find a higher rating that specifies the filter will destroy more contaminants and allergens from your air without limiting the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home.
At Air Concepts of Middle Georgia, we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the normal adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 478-200-5689 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.