Indoor Air Quality FAQs

Use These Indoor Air Quality FAQs for Clean, Healthy Air

Your home’s indoor air quality is about more than just how hot or cold it is inside—it’s also about how polluted your air is. Martens Plumbing & Heating understands how important clean air is—and to help you keep yours as healthy as possible, we’re addressing some of your top questions in our indoor air quality FAQs. Check them out below and call us at 262-363-7146 for more info.

Believe it or not, indoor air pollutants can come from anything—even cooking, carpeting, and household cleaners. Here a few of the most common culprits:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Pollen
  • Radon
  • Pet hair
  • Dust
  • Dirt

This all depends on the type of filter you use and a few household factors, including whether someone in the home has an illness or allergies, smokes indoors, or has pets. In general, replace standard one-inch filters once every one to three months. If you use a media or high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter, clean or replace them every six to 12 months. If you aren’t sure what filter your system uses or how often to swap them, our team is happy to help.

If you don’t already have one, here are a few reasons why you should consider a Wi-Fi thermostat:

  • Save money with automatic temperature adjustments to maximize your efficiency.
  • Maintain a consistent temperature instead of wasting time adjusting your manual thermostat.
  • Program your thermostat to automatically adjust based on your schedule, whether daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • Take control of multiple zones to regulate heating and cooling in different parts of your home.
  • Adjust your temperature and other comfort settings from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet.

The ideal range for humidity is between 30 and 50 percent. It’s important to monitor your level because too much humidity can cause serious comfort problems, including dry and itchy skin, and bloody noses. Ask us about a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier to ensure your moisture levels stay right where they should be.

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It’s a rating that measures how effectively air filters capture airborne pollutants. A higher rating indicates that more airborne particles are captured and removed than lower ratings.

Have more HVAC questions? Feel free to contact us online or by phone: 262-363-7146.