What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

August 08, 2016

The majority of people realize how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual home might be more polluted—contingent on actual circumstances, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, the EPA has indoor air pollution classified as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found inside. Since Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is a necessity for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we need to grasp some vernacular consistently used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

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 confine at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less 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 trapped.

MERV

Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With ratings ranging from 1–16, you should look for a top rating that indicates the filter will filter more contaminants and allergens from your air without confining the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home.

At Goode Bros AC & Heating, we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the average adult takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at (833)-466-3322 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.