What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

We all recognize the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t know is that the air inside the normal home is approximately five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, whether it’s 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 few common terms traditionally used when discussing indoor air quality, so make sure know about these:

HEPA

You’ve possibly seen or heard this term used, but do you know what it means? HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”. HEPA filtration systems are created 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 impurities can all be captured, greatly increasing your home’s indoor air quality.

MERV

MERV is an acronym for “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in easier terms, it tells you the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be anywhere from 1-16 with the higher rating removing 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 understand the importance of indoor air quality and help ensure the air inside your house is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a ring at 309-323-9584 to arrange an appointment with us.

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