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Improving Air Quality in Your Home

Quick Facts...

HVAC Filters
Changing AC & furnace air filters in your home is probably the easiest and most effective way to have clean air in your home. I see way too many dirty air filters in homes that I show to prospective home buyers. I highly recommend buying premium filters. An electrostatic air filter with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of 7 or higher better protects your inside living environment and your HVAC equipment. A MERV number is used to help compare filters. The MERV efficiency rating is the filters ability to capture specific micron sized particles. A higher MERV rating indicates a better performing filter. A typcial $1 fiberglass filter will have a MERV rating of 1 or so. To easily remember, change your filter at the end of each quarter.

Dirty Filters I've Seen in Columbia Homes...
Dirty air filters harm your air & HVAC Dirty air filters harm your air & HVAC

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"The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace your air filters[...] air conditioner furnace filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house." - United States Department of Energy

More Home Clean Air Tips & Information
Does your home have clean air? Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes | Tips to Reduce Airborne Particles | Tips to Control Moisture in Your Home | Home Clean Air Assessment - American Lung Association | A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home | Mold in Your Home | Improving Air Quality in Your Home | Home Tour - Potential Problem Areas

radon illustration Radon
Radon is a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is NOT typically a problem in central South Carolina (Lexington, Richland, Newberry, and Kershaw counties). However, The US EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Council recommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home's radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface.

More Radon Information:
Radon Fact Sheet | Radon Levels by County (SC) | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon | | Wikipedia - Radon | Radon in South Carolina - S.C. DHEC | South Carolina Radon Zones Map

Testing for Radon is easy and inexpensive. You can do it yourself with a short-term test kit. These kits typcially include the lab analysis as part of the cost.

Short-term Test Kits for Radon (Includes lab analysis and return postage)
National Safety Council Order Coupon Or, Call (800) 557-2366

First Alert Radon Gas Test Kit #RD1

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