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 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 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 of the usual indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms regularly used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure know about these: HEPA You’ve possibly seen or heard this term used, but do you understand 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 impurities can all be captured, greatly boosting 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 range from 1-16 with the higher rating removing more contaminants and allergens without inhibiting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to figure out 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 be 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 call at 630-833-1100 or set up an appointment with us online.