What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

August 08, 2016

The majority of people are aware of how dangerous outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average house often is more polluted—reliant on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, the EPA has indoor air pollution tiered as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found in homes. Since Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is vital for good health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we must to absorb some vernacular often used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

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 engineered—and certified—to trap at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (smaller 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 metrics ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a higher rating that specifies the filter will destroy 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 Garoken Energy Co. 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 503-374-1934 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.