What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

Many people understand 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—depending on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, 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 good health, no matter if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we are required to absorb some lingo often used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

HEPA is a term many 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 engineered—and certified—to confine at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that passes through the system. This greatly 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 rankings ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a higher rating that specifies 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 Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating, 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 314-262-4541 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or if you want to schedule an appointment with us.

Back To Blog