We all know the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t recognize is that the air inside the normal 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 running errands. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental concerns. A few common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a couple common terms normally used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure you understand these:
You’ve probably 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 manufactured 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 impurities can all be captured, greatly improving your home’s indoor air quality.
MERV is short for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in simpler terms, it says the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be between 1-16 with the higher rating getting rid of more contaminants and allergens without restricting 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 home.
We breathe on average 11,000 liters of air a day. We want to help you recognize the importance of indoor air quality and help make sure the air inside your house is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort systems give us a ring at (616) 669-3961 to set up an appointment with us.