What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

August 08, 2016

Many people realize how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical house can be more polluted—contingent 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 indoors. Since Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is crucial for decent health, despite 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 need to understand some vernacular commonly used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

HEPA is a term most people have heard or seen, but did you know it stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”? HEPA filtration systems are created—and certified—to capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that filters through the system. This drastically increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are captured.

MERV

Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should find a higher rating that reveals the filter will remove 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 Tri County Climate Control 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 average adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 541-238-2797 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.