What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Many people are aware of how harmful 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—contingent 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 in homes. Since Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, superior indoor air quality is vital for good 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 absorb some vernacular consistently 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 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 destroyed. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV expresses the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should look for a max 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 Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services, 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 575-887-7777 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.