When you want the cleanest indoor air possible, consider HEPA filtration for your home. HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) is the gold standard for air filtration, widely used in the medical, scientific and industrial community when particulate-free air is a must. Air cleaners that use these filters are available for residential purposes and anyone can benefit from them. HEPA filters trap mold, pollen, dust, smoke, bacteria and viruses, dust mites and pet dander.
The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that indoor air is among the most polluted air we breathe. One ounce of dust can contain up to 40,000 dust mites, and an adult can shed up to 700,000 flakes of skin daily. Many bacteria and viruses are spread through the air and considering that we breathe 3,500 gallons of air daily, ensuring that we breathe clean air at home improves our overall well-being.
Unlike standard air filters for HVAC blowers, HEPA filters can’t be used directly with a central heating and cooling system. Blowers need a specific amount of air passing through them, and since HEPA filtration slows the passage of air, putting one on a blower can increase utility bills and harm HVAC equipment. Air filters carry a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating from 1 to 16 for residential systems. The rating measures the size of particle the filter can trap. The MERV rating for HEPA filters ranges from 17 to 20, trapping up to 99.97 percent of airborne particulates.
When you use HEPA filtration indoors, you lower the particulate load, which helps your cooling and heating system run more efficiently. When too much dust collects on your blower’s filter, it impedes the airflow and collects inside the blower. Both cause your HVAC system to work harder, increasing the amount of time your system has to run.
We at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing can help you clean your indoor air with HEPA filtration. We have provided HVAC services for the Grand Traverse County region for more than 30 years. If you’d like to learn more about clean indoor air, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HEPA filtration and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.