What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality

Air Quality

Most people realize how dangerous outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average home might be 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 classified 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 great health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we must to understand some vernacular consistently 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 created—and certified—to capture 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 significantly increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are trapped.

MERV

Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should find a top rating that indicates the filter will remove more contaminants and allergens from your air without restricting the airflow of your home comfort system. Ask us which MERV-rated filter will work best for your home.

At MPC Heating & Cooling, 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 308-432-5301 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.

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