The majority of people understand how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average home can be more polluted—contingent on actual circumstances, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, the EPA has indoor air pollution ranked as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found indoors. Since Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is crucial for good health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we are required to understand some lingo consistently 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 created—and certified—to capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (smaller than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that moves 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 expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a top rating that indicates the filter will remove 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 Air-Right Energy Design, 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 average adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 703-260-1148 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.