What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality08/08/2016 Most people are aware of how dangerous outdoor air pollution like car emissions can be, but they don’t realize that the air inside the usual living space can be more polluted—reliant on actual circumstances, 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 about 90% of their time indoors, excellent indoor air quality is vital for great health, regardless if it’s in our homes or our workplaces. To help handle this pollution and increase our indoor air quality, we can take different measures. But first, we must to understand some vernacular commonly used to discuss indoor air quality. HEPA HEPA is a term most people have heard or seen, but did you recognize it stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” or “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”? HEPA filtration systems are designed—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 trapped. MERV Minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV describes the effectiveness of an air filter. With metrics ranging from 1–16, you should look for a top rating that reveals the filter will destroy 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., 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 takes in about 11,000 liters of air each day. Give us a call at 803-796-9172 if you have any questions or concerns about your home comfort system or schedule an appointment with us online.