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 typical home 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 ranked 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, no matter 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 are required to absorb some vernacular often used to discuss indoor air quality.
HEPA is a term a lot of 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 trap at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (tinier 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 trapped.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a max rating that specifies the filter will destroy more contaminants and allergens from your air without confining the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home.
At Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the average adult breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 801-305-4777 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.