You might not always consider all the ins and outs of air quality inside your home, but it is a very wise idea to do so for the sake of the health of everyone in your home. And there are some key pollutants to consider that could impact the health of your indoor air. One of them is wood smoke. Indoors this is typically generated by wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves and the like.
There are some key facts to know about wood smoke. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wood being burned creates smoke, and that smoke contains a combination of gases and toxic particles. Those toxins make their way into the respiratory system and eyes of anyone exposed to the smoke, and that can then cause a variety of symptoms, including a runny nose, burning eyes and other respiratory symptoms and illnesses. Even exposure to smoke for a short time can cause health problems, and longer-term exposure can create even more issues. Certain groups of people are especially at risk for developing problems from smoke exposure. That includes children of all ages ranging from babies to teens, and it also includes adults who have chronic respiratory and lung conditions like COPD and asthma. Elderly people are also at risk.
You can still enjoy a wood-burning fireplace while having heightened peace of mind about your indoor air quality. How can you do that? It’s simple and straightforward. Use high-quality air filters for your HVAC system. They come with a multitude of benefits. For example, indoor air is noticeably cleaner and fresher. Even when you are using your wood-burning fireplace, you cut down on the heaviness of the air by using fresh filters at all times.
These high-quality filters are available in a range of types and are labeled by MERV level, which designates how many pollutants such as wood smoke each level of filter cleans from the air.
These are three of the most popular MERV levels of Trane air filters/furnace filters:
The MERV8 type of filter removes numerous allergens and particles from the air. It does not do so to the same extent as more high-end HVAC filters, but it is also more effective at cleaning the air than low-end filters. The MERV8 filter removes pollen, household dust, and pet dander from indoor air.
Our company’s MERV8 filter is the MERV8, Dust filter.
The MERV11 type filter is a step up in effectiveness from the MERV8 filter, as it filters more from indoor air. The particles it filters include pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, car fumes, and smog.
Our company’s MERV11 filter is the MERV11, Allergy filter.
Then there is the MERV13 type filter, which is yet another step up from the MERV8 and MERV11. This is because of its higher level of effectiveness at filtering out more allergens from indoor air. Those include pollen, pet dander, dust, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, various types of smoke such as tobacco smoke, smog, car fumes, and others.
Our company’s MERV13 filter is the MERV13, Health filter.
We have various choices available in Trane air filters, including MERV8 and MERV11 to suit a variety of households and specific needs. Those filters come with all the benefits of cleaner, fresher and more pleasant indoor air.
Whether you are concerned about wood smoke or any other indoor pollutants, be proactive about ensuring your indoor air quality by installing Trane air filters for home. You and everyone in your home will breathe easier both literally and in terms of your peace of mind when you use discount furnace filters.