What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Most people realize how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical home can be more polluted—contingent on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, the EPA has indoor air pollution ranked 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, excellent indoor air quality is vital for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we need to understand some lingo consistently used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term most 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 engineered—and certified—to confine 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 significantly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are destroyed. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV refers to the effectiveness of an air filter. With ratings ranging from 1–16, you should find a max rating that specifies the filter will remove 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 Beck Cohen, 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 434-296-0129 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.