What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016We all hear about 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 running errands. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental hazards. A few normal indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms normally used when discussing 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 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 goes through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants 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 says the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be anywhere 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 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 recognize 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 surrounding your home comfort systems give us a ring at 801-969-7088 or schedule an appointment with us online.