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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern houses are tightly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are a lot of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some solutions include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which option is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we have.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most common 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 upgrading to at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, as they’re typically in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment working correctly.

Ahead of getting a more powerful filter, give us a call at 727-369-6195. Our professionals can help you choose the best option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your comfort system. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment might deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional bonus for your HVAC unit. It could help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces 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 the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, we’re dedicated to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we visit your home.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 727-369-6195 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension you could have with a pro coming to your home now.

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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.

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