What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Many people are aware of how detrimental outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual living space often is more polluted—depending on actual situations, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, 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 about 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is vital for decent health, no matter if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we are required to grasp some terms often used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term a lot of 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 designed—and certified—to trap at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less 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 trapped. 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 higher rating that indicates 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 Hix Air Conditioning Service, 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 average adult takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 918-682-8238 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.