What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Many people are aware of how dangerous outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual living space might be more polluted—depending on actual circumstances, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, 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, good indoor air quality is a necessity for decent health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we need to absorb some lingo often 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 engineered—and certified—to capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (tinier than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that moves through the system. This greatly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are captured. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With ratings ranging from 1–16, you should find 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 Air Max HVAC 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 inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 805-217-8662 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.