What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016We all recognize the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the air inside the regular home is around five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, whether it’s at home or in the office. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental concerns. A few common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also some common terms traditionally used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure know about these: HEPA You’ve likely seen or heard this term used, but do you know what it means? HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”. HEPA filtration systems are created and certified to capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron (.000012” or 300x smaller than the diameter of human hair) particles from the air that goes through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other pollutants can all be captured, greatly improving your home’s indoor air quality. MERV MERV is a shortened version of “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in easier terms, it says the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be anywhere from 1-16 with the higher rating eliminating more contaminants and allergens without inhibiting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to figure out a filter with a MERV rating that will work best for your needs. We breathe on average 11,000 liters of air a day. We want to help you realize the importance of indoor air quality and help be sure the air inside your house is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a ring at 325-655-2515 or set up an appointment with us online.