Most people understand how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average living space might be more polluted—depending on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, the EPA has indoor air pollution ranked as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found indoors. Since Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is vital for decent health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we are required to grasp some vernacular commonly 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 created—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 significantly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are captured.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV refers to the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should look for a max rating that specifies the filter will filter 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 Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 typical adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 662-281-1231 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.