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 recognize is that the air inside the regular home is around five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend around 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 dangers. Some normal indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a couple 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 grasp 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 passes through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other pollutants 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 impacting 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 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 make sure the air in your home is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort systems give us a ring at 706-722-5304 or arrange an appointment with us online.