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Did you know that on average, people spend about 90% of their time indoors? Many people recognize the concerns surrounding outdoor air pollution, but often don’t realize that the quality of indoor air is just as (if not more) important. One of the most common problems that impacts IEQ (indoor environmental quality) is improper maintenance of HVAC systems and air filters.
Thankfully there are ways to keep your home’s air clean with these tips from Lawes Home Comfort Specialists.
According to an EPA study on air pollution, “Indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor levels.” The American Lung Association agrees, “The air in your home can be dirty and hazardous to your health. In fact, indoor air quality can be even more polluted than the air outside.”
Many factors contribute to indoor air pollution that can lead to a wide range of health issues including allergic reactions, coughing, headaches, asthma, sneezing, dizziness and fatigue. The three most notorious polluters include:
One of the simplest preventative measures to help increase indoor air quality is to change your HVAC air filters often (at least every 3 months). Upgrade your air filter to one with a higher MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating to improve air quality. MERV ratings indicate the size of particles they can trap: a filter with a rating of 11 can remove up to 80 percent of particulates as small as 1 micron. Additionally, schedule an annual HVAC maintenance tune-up for equipment cleaning and to reduce microbial growth, the enemy of healthy air.Prevention is key for your health and comfort. Contact the experts at Lawes today at 732-741-6300 to talk about your indoor air quality and how we can help make it cleaner.