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 recognize is that the air inside the average home is around five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, whether they are at home or in the office. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental concerns. Some of the usual indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms traditionally 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 know 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 passes through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other pollutants can all be captured, greatly improving your home’s indoor air quality. MERV MERV is an acronym 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 removing more contaminants and allergens without restricting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to figure out 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 realize the importance of indoor air quality and help be sure the air in your home is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns related to your home comfort systems give us a call at 417-544-4430 or set up an appointment with us online.