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 recognize is that the air inside the average home is nearly five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, whether they are at home or running errands. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental dangers. A couple normal indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms normally used when talking about indoor air quality, so make sure you’re familiar with these: HEPA You’ve possibly seen or heard this term used, but do you grasp what it means? HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”. HEPA filtration systems are manufactured 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 impurities can all be captured, greatly boosting your home’s indoor air quality. MERV MERV is an acronym for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in easier terms, it states the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be anywhere from 1-16 with the higher rating getting rid of more contaminants and allergens without restricting 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 system. 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 ensure the air you’re breathing is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a shout at 724-452-6280 or set up an appointment with us online.