The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule all over the place.
In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.
Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Modern houses are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may lead to issues, since we spend about 90% of our days inside.
There are many factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.
There’s a combination of steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which system is right for your house? Our knowledgeable techs can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the best option for your family’s unique needs.
Continue reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we offer.
When comparing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters pollutants.
One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.
We suggest upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives fresher air while lowering energy needs*.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re usually in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Before buying an upgraded filter, give us a call at 727-369-6195. Our pros can help you choose the right match for your unit.
Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful systems can take care of:
- 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that cause strep throat
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your HVAC system. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may give relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.
This light also provides an additional perk for your comfort system. It can help it last longer and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.
Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.
Getting even humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather annoyances.
If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can accomplish this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to circulate humidity while your heating system isn’t on.
Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities
At Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, we’re passionate about making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can buy.
We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your home.
To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 727-369-6195 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any concerns you may have with a tech arriving at your house at this time.
*Based on in-duct testing that shows Healthy Climate® filters reduce airflow restriction. Greater restriction of airflow creates a greater load on a unit’s fan motor, increasing energy consumption.