What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

August 08, 2016

Most people understand how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average house often is more polluted—contingent on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, 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 an average of 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is vital for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we need to absorb some lingo commonly used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

HEPA is a term a lot of people have heard or seen, but did you realize 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 (less 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 destroyed.

MERV

Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With ratings ranging from 1–16, you should find a max rating that reveals the filter will filter 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air, 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 takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 805-203-8667 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.