What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

August 08, 2016

Most people are aware of how dangerous outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual home might be more polluted—contingent 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 indoors. Since Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is crucial for great health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we are required to understand some terms commonly used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

HEPA is a term most 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 capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (tinier than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that filters 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 top rating that specifies 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 Woody's Sudden Service 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 normal adult breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 703-278-2036 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.