What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

Air Quality

We all hear about the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t know is that the air inside the normal home is nearly 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 running errands. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental dangers. A few common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also some common terms regularly 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 know what it means? HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”. HEPA filtration systems are produced 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 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 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 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 make sure the air you’re breathing is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort systems give us a ring at 239-596-2645 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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