What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

August 08, 2016

Many people are aware of how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical living space might be more polluted—depending on actual circumstances, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, 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 about 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is vital for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we are required to grasp some lingo often used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

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 capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (tinier 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 refers to the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should find a higher 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 Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating 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 normal adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 602-832-7808 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.