Many people are aware of how dangerous outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual house often is 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 tiered as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found inside. Since Americans spend around 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 handle this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we are required to grasp some vernacular often used to discuss indoor air quality.
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 trap 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 significantly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are captured.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should look for a top 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 KDM Service Corporation, 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 takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 205-208-8090 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.