What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

Air Quality

Most people realize how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical house might be more polluted—depending on actual conditions, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, the EPA has indoor air pollution ranked as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found inside. Since Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is crucial for great health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we need to grasp some terms often used to discuss indoor air quality.

HEPA

HEPA is a term a lot of people have heard or seen, but did you realize it stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”? HEPA filtration systems are engineered—and certified—to confine at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (smaller 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 captured.

MERV

Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a top rating that indicates the filter will remove more contaminants and allergens from your air without confining the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home.

At Branson HVAC, LLC, we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the typical adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 417-544-4430 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.

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