Many 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 living space can 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 about 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is vital 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 must to absorb some vernacular commonly used to discuss indoor air quality.
HEPA is a term many people have heard or seen, but did you know it stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”? HEPA filtration systems are engineered—and certified—to confine at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that passes through the system. This greatly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are trapped.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should find a higher rating that specifies the filter will remove 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 Brogan Heating & AC Inc, 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 507-218-0088 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.