What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Most people realize how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical home often is more polluted—reliant on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so damaging, 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 about 90% of their time indoors, excellent indoor air quality is a necessity for decent health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we are required to grasp some lingo commonly used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term most 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 trap 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 drastically increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are trapped. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should look for a higher rating that reveals the filter will filter 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, 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 takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 903-758-0701 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.