What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Many people understand how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical house can be more polluted—reliant on actual conditions, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, the EPA has indoor air pollution classified as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found inside. Since Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, excellent indoor air quality is crucial for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we must to understand some lingo often used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term many people have heard or seen, but did you know it stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”? HEPA filtration systems are engineered—and certified—to trap at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that filters through the system. This drastically increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are trapped. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should find a top rating that reveals the filter will filter more contaminants and allergens from your air without restricting the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home. At Effective Service Group, LLC., we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the normal adult takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 973-884-0065 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.