What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Most people are aware of how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the typical house often is more polluted—depending on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, the EPA has indoor air pollution classified 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, superior indoor air quality is vital for good health, no matter if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we must to absorb some vernacular commonly used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term most people have heard or seen, but did you recognize it 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 particles (tinier than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that passes through the system. This significantly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are captured. 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 reveals the filter will destroy 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 Custom Air Systems 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 772-571-1080 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.