What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

Air Quality

We all recognize the dangers of outdoor air pollution, such as car emissions. What a lot of people don’t recognize is that the air inside the normal home is around five times more polluted than outside air. Indoor air quality is important because Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, whether they are at home or in a store. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution in the top five environmental hazards. A few normal indoor pollutants include: mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde. There are also a few common terms regularly used when talking about indoor air quality, so make sure you’re familiar with these:

HEPA

You’ve likely seen or heard this term used, but do you know what it means? HEPA 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 (.000012” or 300x smaller than the diameter of human hair) particles from the air that passes through the system. Dust, pollen, mites and other impurities can all be captured, greatly increasing your home’s indoor air quality.

MERV

MERV is a shortened version of “minimum efficiency reporting value” or put in easier terms, it states the effectiveness of your air filter. MERV ratings can be between 1-16 with the higher rating eliminating more contaminants and allergens without restricting the airflow of your home comfort system. We can work with you to determine a filter with a MERV rating that will work best for your needs.

We breathe on average 11,000 liters of air a day. We want to help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help be sure the air you’re breathing is good for your health. If you have any questions or concerns surrounding your home comfort systems give us a call at 402-438-7992 to arrange an appointment with us.

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