Many people realize how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical home might be more polluted—reliant on actual conditions, 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 around 90% of their time indoors, excellent indoor air quality is vital for great 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 multiple measures. But first, we must to understand some lingo consistently used to discuss indoor air quality.
HEPA is a term many 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 designed—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.
Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With ratings ranging from 1–16, you should find a higher rating that indicates the filter will remove 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 Oak Grove 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 normal adult takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 601-292-9763 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.