What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 The majority of people understand how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical living space might be more polluted—contingent on actual conditions, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, the EPA has indoor air pollution tiered 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, excellent indoor air quality is a necessity for great health, despite 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 absorb some vernacular commonly used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term many 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 designed—and certified—to confine at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (tinier 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 destroyed. 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 limiting the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home. At Comfort Zone Inc, we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the normal adult breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 239-574-2327 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.