Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending lots more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern residences are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are many of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of actions you can take to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which system is best for your house? Our skilled techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then advise you on the best choice for your family’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters contaminants.

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

We suggest upgrading to at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating properly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 715-384-3163. Our pros can help you select the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your HVAC system. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment can offer much-desired relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your comfort equipment. It might help it work for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your home could help keep your household healthy when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your comfort unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At House of Heating Incorporated, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 715-384-3163 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any apprehension you could have with a tech visiting your home at this time.

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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.