What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 The majority of 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 house often is more polluted—reliant 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 indoors. Since Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is crucial for good health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and better our indoor air quality, we can take several measures. But first, we need to absorb some vernacular 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 engineered—and certified—to capture at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (smaller than the diameter of a human hair) from the air that filters through the system. This drastically 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 rankings ranging from 1–16, you should pursue a higher rating that reveals the filter will remove 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 Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you understand the importance of indoor air quality and help you work on breathing the best air possible. After all, the typical adult breathes about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 760-784-9034 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.