What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Many people realize how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical house often is more polluted—reliant on actual conditions, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, the EPA has indoor air pollution tiered as a top five environmental danger. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found indoors. Since Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is crucial for great health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we must to grasp some vernacular commonly 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 created—and certified—to confine 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 captured. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV refers to the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a top rating that specifies the filter will filter 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 C-N-O Comfort Zone, 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 636-578-1777 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.