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 average 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 concerns. A few normal indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also some common terms regularly used when talking about indoor air quality, so make sure you’re familiar with these:
You’ve probably 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 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 improving your home’s indoor air quality.
MERV is an acronym 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 inhibiting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to determine 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 be sure the air you’re breathing is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort systems give us a ring at 319-208-3295 to schedule an appointment with us.