Most people understand how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual house often is more polluted—reliant on actual situations, 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 an average of 90% of their time indoors, excellent indoor air quality is vital for great health, no matter 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 understand some terms commonly used to discuss indoor air quality.
HEPA is a term most people have heard or seen, but did you recognize it stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”? HEPA filtration systems are created—and certified—to confine 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 captured.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV refers to the effectiveness of an air filter. With ratings ranging from 1–16, you should look for a top rating that reveals 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling, 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 816-379-3918 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.