Published on April 3rd, 2013 | by Brian Schutt
Bring the clean air indoors!
If your like most people, you don’t spend your time thinking about the air you’re breathing. But as the food we eat dictates the health of our bodies, so too, does the quality of air dictate many health issues. In fact, organizations like the EPA, American Lung Association, and World Health Organization have all cited indoor air quality (IAQ) as an increasing in risk to health stemming from a number of factors. While improvements in both construction methods and material have enabled homes to have greater levels of insulation than ever before which provides the benefit of increased efficiency to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, those same factors keep than same home’s climate less ventilated. Therefore, things like cooking and cleaning and the products associated can include harmful chemicals that have few routes of escape. The EPA estimates levels of pollutants indoors can be 2 to 5 times higher than outside. And when you combine that with the fact most of us spend 90% of our adult lives indoors, the risks become even greater. I could go into more detail about the risks, but lets get into the solutions.
From a decreased chemicals standpoint, experts like Joe at Indy Green Clean, can point you in the right direction in terms of the safest products to use for both your home environment and the environment at large. While the EPA oversees the chemicals and byproducts being dumped into the atmosphere, in many ways you have to serve as the EPA of your home. The direction we work from at Homesense, is to provide the best indoor air quality available knowing it’s impossible to keep all contaminants from entering your homes air supply. We do so primarily by looking at the level of filtration within an HVAC system. Filtration is rated of is rated on a scale called a MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value), which range from 1 to 16 (least to greatest) in a filters ability to remove particle from conditioned air. The research is copious in both the strategy and degree of particle removal, but suffice it to say there are options all along the scale and as filtration removal increases, so too, to prices.
With all of the known factors like more tightly constructed homes, the majority of our life being spent indoors, the levels of chemicals in many household products, and risks of disease outbreak always threatening, we believe now is the time to get serious about indoor air quality. We’d love to help answer any questions you have about your home.