What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 The majority of people realize how dangerous 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 circumstances, it can be up to five times more. Things have become so dangerous, 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, good indoor air quality is vital for good health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help manage this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we are required to absorb some terms consistently used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term most 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 trap 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 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 metrics ranging from 1–16, you should find a max rating that specifies the filter will filter 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 Hopkins Air Conditioning, 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 typical adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 561-656-4255 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.