What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

The majority of people are aware of how dangerous outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual house might be more polluted—contingent on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, the EPA has indoor air pollution ranked as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found inside. Since Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is a necessity for great health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we must to absorb some terms commonly used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

HEPA is a term most 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 created—and certified—to confine at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (tinier than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that passes through the system. This significantly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are destroyed.

MERV

Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should find a top rating that reveals the filter will filter 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 Rescue Heating & Air , 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 breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 361-265-4371 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.

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