We all hear about 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 nearly five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, whether it’s at home or in a store. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental hazards. Some common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms regularly used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure you’re familiar with these:
You’ve possibly 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 created 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 heads 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 easier terms, it states the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be anywhere from 1-16 with the higher rating eliminating 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 needs.
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 related to your home comfort systems give us a call at 361-265-4371 to schedule an appointment with us.