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 usual living space might be more polluted—contingent on actual conditions, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, the EPA has indoor air pollution tiered 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, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we must to grasp some lingo commonly used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term most 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 capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that passes through the system. This greatly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are destroyed. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With ratings ranging from 1–16, you should look for a max rating that specifies the filter will remove more contaminants and allergens from your air without limiting the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home. At Air Solutions, Inc, 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 breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 409-962-2476 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.