What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

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 nearly five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend nearly 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 few common indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a couple common terms traditionally used when talking about indoor air quality, so make sure you understand these:

HEPA

You’ve possibly seen or heard this term used, but do you grasp 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 increasing your home’s indoor air quality.

MERV

MERV is short for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in simpler terms, it says the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can range from 1-16 with the higher rating getting rid of 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 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 you’re breathing is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a call at 479-226-8196 to arrange an appointment with us.

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