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 regular home is approximately five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, whether it is at home or in the office. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental hazards. Some common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also some common terms traditionally used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure you understand these: HEPA You’ve possibly seen or heard this term used, but do you know 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 passes 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 tells you the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can range from 1-16 with the higher rating getting rid of 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 system. 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 in your home is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a shout at 530-885-8081 or arrange an appointment with us online.