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The connection between substandard indoor air quality (IAQ) and chronic respiratory disease is well established. The incidence of childhood asthma continues to rise, and the Environmental Protection Agency has categorized indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental hazards. One of the simplest ways to address these issues, while simultaneously maintaining your heating and cooling system, is by regularly changing your air filters.
The Critical Role of Filtration
Central filtration is the most efficient method for eliminating airborne pollutants from your home or office. Standard filters capture extremely small particles, which helps to clean the air and restore healthy IAQ. High quality filters are more efficient, and they have the capacity to remove ultra-fine particles, which can be especially damaging to those with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Air filtration is the foundation of air conditioner maintenance as well as a comprehensive indoor air quality strategy. At Indoor Solutions, we strive to help you keep the air inside your home clean and healthy.
The Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) rates the effectiveness of different air filtration products. It calculates the filter’s ability to capture and hold contaminants in a specific size range.
HVAC contractors that specialize in IAQ generally recommend installing filters with an efficiency rating somewhere between MERV 7-13. Filters in this range are effective at removing very small particles such as tobacco smoke, dust, pet dander, mold spores and dust mites.
It is important to recognize that filters with a very high efficiency rating will create greater friction loss and air flow restrictions in your HVAC system. The situation may be even worse when the filter is loaded with debris. You will need to change your air filter frequently to avoid affecting system performance and potentially damaging your equipment. Before you install a new filter, it is important to contact a qualified HVAC professional to ensure your equipment has the capacity to accommodate a higher efficiency model.
Professional IAQ Services
Indoor Solutions Inc. has served Columbus, GA, Phenix City, AL, and the surrounding area since 2003. We provide complete IAQ solutions as well as comprehensive AC installation, maintenance and repair services.