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Why Is Indoor Air Quality Worse Than Outdoor Air Quality?

What is Indoor Air Quality?

Simply put, indoor air quality, or IAQ, is the quality of air you find within indoor spaces, such as homes, schools, and places of work. It’s important to understand the quality of your home’s air since it will directly impact the health of people living within the space.

The EPA reports that indoor air, on average, is about 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and in some cases has been found to be 100 times more polluted! There are many causes of indoor air pollution, which results in bad indoor air quality.

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Air Quality Testing for Better Health

The quality of your home’s indoor air plays an important role in the health of you and your loved ones. Poor indoor air quality can lead to fatigue, headaches, and other respiratory issues. We are 100% dedicated to helping homeowners in the Moreno Valley and surrounding areas achieve optimum air quality within their living spaces. At J&M, we offer air quality testing and other solutions that will substantially improve the quality of your home’s indoor air. Give us a call today to learn more. (951) 663-4895

What is a HEPA Filter, and Do I Need One?

 

Sometimes when we hear the words “air pollution,” we tend to think about smog or other outdoor pollutants, but the truth is dust, dirt, and other harmful contaminants can make their way into your home every day. One of the best ways to prevent pollution from circulating in the air in your home is purchasing a quality air filter and replacing it regularly.

You may have heard of the HEPA filter, but is it right for you? Below, we’ll talk about what a HEPA filter is and how they can help improve indoor air quality as well as the benefits of regularly changing your filter.

What is a HEPA filter?

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA filters are used in medical facilities, vehicles, and homes, and they work by filtering forced air through a fine mesh. The filter helps trap harmful pollutants such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and tobacco smoke before they circulate throughout the area. In order to qualify as a HEPA filter under U.S. government standards, filters are required to remove 99.97% of particles from the air that passes through.

Do I need a HEPA filter?

For many, a standard air filter offers enough filtration to improve the indoor air quality of the home without needing anything more. However, those who suffer from severe allergies or asthma may benefit from a stronger filter. Households with individuals who may have trouble breathing can benefit from an air purifier device that uses a HEPA filter .

Though HEPA filters are great for removing nearly all toxic microorganisms from the air, most residential HVAC systems are not made for the standard in-duct HEPA filter. HEPA filters require powerful air volume to overcome the air restrictions from the thick filters. That being said, there are a variety of indoor air quality upgrade options for homeowners that want to provide cleaner and healthier air in their homes, including stand-alone air purifying units.

Why Changing Your Air Filters is Important

No matter what type of air filter you decide to get for your home, it is important that you replace or clean your filter regularly to ensure that it is filtering your air properly and not preventing your HVAC system from running optimally. When your air filter is dirty or clogged, it can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to in order to heat and cool your home. This causes wear and tear to your system and can send your energy bills through the roof.

If you have any questions about your air filter options or which choice is right for you, contact the HVAC experts at J & M Air Conditioning and Heating. We are ready to help you find the best options for improving your indoor air quality.