With everyone doing their best to stay safe from COVID-19 by wearing masks, maintaining a six-foot distance from others and regularly washing their hands, it’s likely you haven’t given much thought to the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of your home. Although we have been advised that we’re safer in our homes, which is true, we haven’t thought about what could possibly be lurking in the air of our safe havens that could make us feel under the weather.

When we leave our houses, we eventually return, and when we do we bring all the germs from everywhere we’ve been back inside with us. Everything from mold and bacteria to viruses and pollen could be sneaking into your house undetected. Now, before you lock yourself in your house, there are devices and filters that can help rid your home of all the creepy stuff that might be floating around, improving your home’s air quality.

You likely heard of a HEPA filter before, but just hearing the name doesn’t tell you what it does, or if it’s worth the extra cash. Here, we’ll explain what a HEPA filter is and how it  improves the air quality of your home.

How a HEPA filter can improve the air quality of your Alabama home

First things first, I’m sure you want to know what in the world “HEPA” stands for. Well, HEPA is an acronym that stands for “high efficiency particulate air” filter. If you’re now thinking, “That’s great, now what does it do?” Then don’t worry because, trust me, it sounds fancy and complicated, but it’s not!

A HEPA filter is a mat-like pleated mechanical air filter, made from either fiberglass or synthetic materials, which are similar to the material used to make quick-dry T-shirts. HEPA filters are designed to remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria and any other airborne particles that are approximately the same size. Particles that are smaller or larger than those listed above are captured by the filter at an even higher rate. Isn’t it crazy that these little mats are so effective at catching all of the allergens and bacteria floating around our homes.

Where to learn more about HEPA filters in Birmingham, Alabama

All air filters need to be cleaned or replaced periodically, and the air conditioners and furnaces you place the HEPA filters in also need periodic cleaning. The experts at Service Tech, Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning are here to answer all of your questions and are available 24/7 through our website or email. Call, email, or text us today to learn more about HEPA filters or ask us about any other services/products we provide!