What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016We all know the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t realize 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 approximately 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. Some common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a couple common terms traditionally used when talking about indoor air quality, so make sure you’re familiar with these: HEPA You’ve likely seen or heard this term used, but do you understand 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 contaminants can all be captured, greatly improving your home’s indoor air quality. MERV MERV is short for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in simpler terms, it tells you the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can range from 1-16 with the higher rating removing more contaminants and allergens without restricting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to determine a filter with a MERV rating that will work best for your home. 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 you’re breathing is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns surrounding your home comfort systems give us a ring at 325-692-5850 or arrange an appointment with us online.