What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Many people are aware of how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average home can be more polluted—contingent on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, 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 around 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is vital for good health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we are required to understand some vernacular consistently used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term most people have heard or seen, but did you recognize it 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 particles (tinier than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that moves through the system. This significantly 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 destroy more contaminants and allergens from your air without restricting the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home. At Accurate Heating & Cooling 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 average adult breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 309-437-2703 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.