What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 The majority of 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—contingent on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, 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 about 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is vital for great health, no matter if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we are required to understand some lingo consistently used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term a lot of people have heard or seen, but did you know 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 (smaller than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that filters through the system. This greatly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are trapped. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should look for a top rating that indicates the filter will destroy 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 Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp., 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 takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 804-372-0313 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.