Air filtration is a crucial aspect of maintaining clean and healthy indoor air quality. However, navigating the world of air filtration can sometimes feel like deciphering a complex language filled with mysterious acronyms. From HEPA to MERV, VOC to IAQ, understanding these acronyms is essential for making informed decisions about air purification systems, filters, and ventilation. In this post, we’ll demystify the common acronyms used in air filtration.
IAQ: Indoor Air Quality. IAQ refers to the quality of the air inside buildings and its impact on the health and comfort of occupants. Air filtration plays a crucial role in improving IAQ.
VOC: Volatile Organic Compound. VOCs are organic chemicals that can evaporate and be released into the air. Air filters designed to remove VOCs are often referred to as VOC filters.
CFM: Cubic Feet per Minute. CFM is a unit of measurement used to quantify the airflow rate or volume of air moving through a system, such as an air purifier or HVAC unit.
ACH: Air Changes per Hour. It is a measurement used to quantify the rate at which the air within a space is exchanged with fresh air. ACH indicates how many times the entire volume of air within a room or building is replaced with outside air in one hour.
HEPA: High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters are widely used in air purifiers and HVAC systems to remove 99.97% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 micrometers.
MERV: Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. MERV ratings indicate the effectiveness of an air filter in capturing and removing airborne particles. Higher MERV ratings indicate higher filtration efficiency.
PPE: Personal Protective Equipment. While not directly related to air filtration, PPE is an acronym commonly used in contexts where individuals need protection from airborne contaminants, such as masks and respirators.
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