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What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

We 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 a store. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental concerns. A few normal indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a couple common terms traditionally 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 contaminants can all be captured, greatly improving your home’s indoor air quality.

MERV

MERV is an acronym for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in easier terms, it tells you the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be between 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 decide on 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 recognize the importance of indoor air quality and help make sure the air in your home is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a ring at 972-669-9192 or arrange an appointment with us online.