What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016We all recognize 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 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 hazards. A few common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms traditionally used when talking about indoor air quality, so make sure know about 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 created 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 contaminants can all be captured, greatly increasing your home’s indoor air quality. MERV MERV is short for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in simple terms, it states 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 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 realize 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 surrounding your home comfort systems give us a call at 503-848-3838 or arrange an appointment with us online.