What You Should Know About Air Filtration for Your Home

Air filtration humidifier spreading steam into the living room

Wouldn’t it be great to control the quality of the indoor air you breathe? You can.

Filtration, or filtering the air, is a great way to improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) throughout your Georgia or South Carolina home. Clean air helps anyone with asthma, allergies, or some other type of respiratory condition. It is the first and most important step toward creating a healthy home.

At Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning, we take great pride in keeping our customers informed about the latest trends and technology in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. As our nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, our company remains committed to helping you and your loved ones stay comfortable and safe.

How Do Air Filtration Systems Work?

Most of us spend a significant amount of time indoors at home or working—even more so during these challenging times. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the average person spends almost 90 percent of their day indoors. EPA studies also indicate that some indoor pollutant levels are two to five times higher than outdoor levels.

Opening your windows for a few minutes during the day is a great way to ventilate your Savannah or Hilton Head home. But that’s not always an option, especially on those super hot, sticky summer days. Upgrading your HVAC air filter and using a high-efficiency air cleaner are two of the more effective ways to improve your indoor air quality.

Picking the Right Air Filter

The air filters on your HVAC equipment are your first lines of defense when it comes to reducing most airborne particles. Unclogged filters allow your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump to operate at peak efficiency. To get the most out of your HVAC investment, change your filters at least every 90 days—more so if you have pets or a smoker in the home.

The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) is the industry standard to rate filter efficiency. The MERV scale ranges from 1 through 20. The higher the MERV rating, the more particles are captured as the air passes through the filter. Check your system manufacturer’s instructions for guidance on which MERV rating is right for your system.

Filters with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) rating are the most effective filters available, able to remove 99.97 percent of the airborne particles in your Savannah or Hilton Head home. The healthcare industry and manufacturing facilities traditionally used HEPA filters, but today they are popular in many homes. Our professionals at Old Coast can help recommend which filters work best with your HVAC system.

Choosing the Right Air Cleaner

Air cleaners on the market today are remarkably effective in improving your indoor air quality. They come in all shapes and sizes with a wide range of features. Here are some issues to consider before purchasing one:

• How frequently do you plan to use it?
• How large is the area to be cleaned?
• What is the layout of the area?
• Do you plan to use a portable system in conjunction with your central system?

Some air cleaners—or air purifiers—specialize in reducing allergens, pollen, and pet dander. Other systems, using ultraviolet (UV) lighting, reduce bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that affect your health. In many cases, it makes sense to use these systems in tandem to create an ideal healthy home.

Air cleaners and HVAC filters can play a vital role in improving your Savannah or Hilton Head home’s indoor air quality. They will not eliminate all air pollutants, but they do add another layer of comfort and protection for anyone who spends a significant amount of their time indoors.

Call Your Indoor Air Quality Experts

Little else matters if someone in your Savannah, GA, or Hilton Head, SC, home or business has trouble breathing. At Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer sustainable solutions to improve your surroundings and make you more comfortable. Call 912-250-5771 or request service online today to learn about our indoor air quality products and other services.