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 normal home is approximately 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 a store. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental hazards. A few of the usual indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms regularly used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure know about these: HEPA You’ve probably 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 pollutants can all be captured, greatly boosting your home’s indoor air quality. MERV MERV is a shortened version of “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in simpler terms, it states the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be anywhere 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 decide on 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 ensure the air inside your house is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns surrounding your home comfort systems give us a shout at 559-675-1681 or arrange an appointment with us online.