Is Your HVAC System Affected by the Normal Air Quality Index?

Becoming familiar with the normal air quality index for your location helps you make informed choices to support a healthy indoor environment in your home. Better known as the AQI, this numerical rating system designed by the Environmental Protection Agency ranges from 0 to 500 and represents the daily air quality in a specific location. The higher the AQI rating, the more particulates and pollutants are affecting local air.

For locales where the normal air quality index outdoors frequently exceeds 50, here are some strategies to keep indoor air quality healthy.

Air Filtration

Where the normal air quality index is elevated, proper air filtration plays an important role. Your HVAC contractor can explain the best air-filter choice according to the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating that represents filtration efficiency. Filters below MERV 8 are lower efficiency and remove only the largest particles, while filters between MERV 8 and MERV 13 are considered high efficiency. High-efficiency filtration removes airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns and is often the preferable choice for locales with higher-than-normal AQI.

Air Balancing and Sealing

Where the AQI frequently indicates a high level of pollutants, two strategies can help reduce infiltration into the house:

Ask the air-quality experts at Jackson & Sons for more about how the normal air quality index impacts your home’s indoor environment.

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