What’s so important about indoor air quality?

Did you know that respiratory ailments due to poor indoor air quality, are the third largest cause of death in the United States? According to the American Medical Association, it is ranked behind heart disease and cancer.

Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air quality is often 7 to 10 times worse than the air outside. Considering that harmful airborne particles are often less than an inch in diameter or smaller, our bodies natural defense system cannot eliminate these toxins. Moreover, for people with preexisting health conditions, like allergies or asthma, those who are very young or elderly, are at increased risk for respiratory problems.

There are many reasons to deal with poor indoor air quality, from health related issue to productivity, and even the potential that your overall well-being may be compromised.

What can you do to improve indoor air quality?

The most effective method of improving indoor air quality is to eliminate or control the source of the pollutant. However, you can not always remove or eliminate the source or air contamination.

The second most effective way to deal with poor air quality is to dilute the contaminant, often through ventilation. This method is a good approach, however, it may not be effective if the source of the pollution is coming from the outside air. Sometimes, the air inside your home can be contaminated from exhaust from busy roadways or chemicals from nearby companies. Furthermore, using ventilation can, unfortunately, increase the cost of air conditioning, as you might be required to cool or heat the air more than before.

Finally, when elimination or ventilation are not practical options, filtration is another good way to remove the contaminants from the air. However, filtration of the air is not easy, as not all sub-micron particles will be filtered. Most air filters are not created to filter out the fine particles from the air indoors, only protecting occupants from large particles. However, filtration is one of the most common methods of improving indoor air quality.

How do you select the proper air filter?

If you are worried about harmful fine particles in the air you breathe, ensure that you find a filter or filtration device that is made and tested to remove fine particles. Jon Wayne Heating and Air has two types of filters we install.

Pleated Filters: These are the most popular type of home filter. There is a wide variety of characteristics and sizes to meet a wide variety of needs.

These filters pull pollutants out of the air as the air flows through them, but since the filter material is pleated, they don’t get clogged as quickly as flat surface filters.

Polarized Filters: These are the most efficient at cleaning indoor air through your heating and cooling system.

As tiny particles pass through the heating and cooling system, they become polarized, join together with others to create larger particles.

Polarized air filters then attract these particles to effectively remove 97% of particles down to .3 microns in size.

Improving your home’s air quality is not something to put off. Contact Jon Wayne Heating and Air today to find out how we can help your family breathe easier indoors!