INDOOR AIR QUALITY PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Dangers of Indoor Air
For decades we have been tightening up our homes in an effort to make them more energy efficient. This has caused indoor air pollution to rise to levels that the Environmental Protection Agency has proclaimed to be two to 10 times higher than the air outside. The considerable rise in the occurrence of indoor allergies, asthma attacks and other breathing disorders only strengthens the case for clean air solutions.
How clean is the indoor air that you breathe? You might be surprised to learn that most homes have serious airborne contaminant issues. Do you suffer from allergies or asthma symptoms while inside your home? The issue might be related to pollutants in your ventilation system.
Indoor air pollution is a serious health hazard that affects millions of Americans. Researchers claim it contributes to a variety of illnesses including sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and many more. Common household pollutants include dust, mold, pollen, rodent feces, and insect remains. Most homeowners have no idea what goes on inside their home’s air ducts. But the fact is, they can become littered with years of accumulated dirt and debris.
Air Filters and Filtration
Filters are rated based on how well they filter out particles and pollutants with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). The higher the MERV score, the better a filter is at removing pollutants from the air. If you suffer from severe allergies, a higher MERV rating is a good idea. If allergies and dust are not a problem for you, then a lower score won’t be an issue.
Typical filters are:
- Pleated Polyester
- High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA)
Fiberglass and polyester filters are fairly inexpensive. In fact, most filters used in modern homes are fiberglass filters. These filters do a base-line job of keeping your air clean, and are perfectly suited for most people when replaced regularly. Pleated polyester filters are slightly more expensive but the change is significant. The pleats (folds) in the filter increase the overall surface area. With a higher surface area, there are more spaces for the filter to trap contaminants and airborne particles. If you have pets, a pleated filter is not a bad idea.
Electrostatic filters are a good upper-range disposable filter. They have a decent MERV rating and can be a simple upgrade to help improve allergy symptoms when dust, pollen, and pet dander are a problem. Unfortunately, they’re usually more expensive than fiberglass and polyester filters.
Air Filters and air filtration systems are the best way to keep your home’s indoor air quality safe and allergen-clean. When you need the best in air filtration systems, call Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing today at 866-411-9277