Many people realize how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical living space often is more polluted—depending on actual conditions, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, 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, excellent indoor air quality is crucial for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we need to understand some terms often used to discuss indoor air quality.
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 engineered—and certified—to capture 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 greatly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are captured.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should find a max rating that specifies the filter will filter 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 Cool Power 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 takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 631-246-4029 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.