Most people realize how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average home often is more polluted—contingent 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 about 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is a necessity for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we must to understand some terms consistently 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 trap at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less 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 destroyed.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a max rating that reveals 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 Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC, we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the normal adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 662-269-8716 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.