The majority of people are aware of how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical living space can be more polluted—depending on actual circumstances, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, the EPA has indoor air pollution tiered as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found in homes. Since Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is vital for great health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we must to understand some vernacular commonly used to discuss indoor air quality.
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 designed—and certified—to confine at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (tinier than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that moves through the system. This significantly 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 ratings ranging from 1–16, you should find a top rating that indicates the filter will destroy 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 True Temp Heating & Air 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 typical adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 706-695-7492 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.