What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

August 08, 2016

Most people understand how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual living space might be more polluted—reliant on actual circumstances, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, the EPA has indoor air pollution classified as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found indoors. 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 handle this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we must to absorb some terms often 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 capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (smaller 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 destroyed.

MERV

Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should find a higher rating that specifies the filter will filter 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 House of Heating Incorporated, 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 takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 715-384-3163 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.