What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 The majority of people are aware of how dangerous outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical home can be more polluted—depending on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, the EPA has indoor air pollution tiered as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found inside. Since Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is a necessity for decent health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we must to absorb some lingo commonly used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term a lot of people have heard or seen, but did you recognize it stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”? HEPA filtration systems are engineered—and certified—to capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (smaller than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that passes through the system. This greatly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are trapped. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a higher rating that specifies the filter will destroy more contaminants and allergens from your air without limiting the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home. At Abilene Air-Tech Inc, we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the average adult takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 325-692-5850 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.