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 regular home is around 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 dangers. A few of the usual indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also some common terms normally used when talking about indoor air quality, so make sure know about these: HEPA You’ve likely 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 goes 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 simpler terms, it states the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be between 1-16 with the higher rating eliminating more contaminants and allergens without impacting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to determine a filter with a MERV rating that will work best for your system. 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 about your home comfort systems give us a shout at 973-884-0065 or schedule an appointment with us online.