Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you realize we can add indoor air quality products in your house that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These products can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some possibilities include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is best for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your family’s unique needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise buying no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re frequently used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

Ahead of getting a more powerful filter, contact us at 727-369-6195. Our experts can help you choose the right solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an added advantage for your heating and cooling system. It might help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without restricting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your house could help keep your family healthy when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, we’re passionate about making your residence comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we come to your residence.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 727-369-6195 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a pro visiting your residence today.

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*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.