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 know is that the air inside the average home is around five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend nearly 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 you understand these: HEPA You’ve likely 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 heads through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other impurities can all be captured, greatly increasing your home’s indoor air quality. MERV MERV is a shortened version of “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in easier terms, it says the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be between 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 understand 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 call at 847-293-0047 or set up an appointment with us online.