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What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

We 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 regular home is approximately five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend approximately 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 hazards. A couple of the usual indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms normally used when speaking about indoor air quality, so make sure you understand 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 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 contaminants can all be captured, greatly improving 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 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 needs.

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 be sure the air inside your house is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort systems give us a ring at 815-788-6283 or schedule an appointment with us online.