What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 The majority of people realize how harmful outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the average living space often is more polluted—reliant on actual conditions, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so bad, the EPA has indoor air pollution ranked 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 a necessity for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we need to understand some lingo 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 engineered—and certified—to confine 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 drastically increases your home’s indoor air quality when dust, pollen, mites and other contaminants are captured. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a higher rating that specifies the filter will remove 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 Thornberry Bros 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 breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 859-745-1564 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.