What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Many people are aware of how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual house often is more polluted—depending on actual circumstances, 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 in homes. Since Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is crucial for decent health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we are required to understand some lingo 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 (smaller than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that passes 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 refers to the effectiveness of an air filter. With ratings ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a max rating that reveals 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 Scott Temperature, 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 785-843-2244 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.