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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

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

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending much more more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your family’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we sell.

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend getting no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment working correctly.

In advance of buying a more powerful filter, give us a call at 715-384-3163. Our professionals can help you choose the right solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units 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.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like 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 unit. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can give much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced 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 home’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones healthy during the winter. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t operating.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At House of Heating Incorporated, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 715-384-3163 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you might have with a pro arriving at your house 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.

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