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 average living space can be more polluted—reliant on actual conditions, 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 a necessity for decent health, despite if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help contain this pollution and improve our indoor air quality, we can take multiple measures. But first, we are required to grasp some lingo consistently used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term many 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 designed—and certified—to trap at least 99.97% of .3-micron particles (less 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 captured. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With rankings ranging from 1–16, you should look for a top 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 Allstar 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 normal adult inhales about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 805-688-4018 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.