What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

August 08, 2016

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 usual home might be more polluted—depending on actual conditions, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, the EPA has indoor air pollution classified 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 decent health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we need to grasp some terms consistently used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

HEPA is a term many 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 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 drastically increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are captured.

MERV

Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a higher rating that indicates the filter will destroy more contaminants and allergens from your air without restricting the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home.

At Carefree Heating and 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 breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 513-268-5164 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.