Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

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

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there nowadays. That’s why 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 options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern residences are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

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

There are a few steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some possibilities include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the best choice for your home’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest installing at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment running smoothly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, contact us at 301-960-3247. Our professionals can help you select the right solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. 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 inside your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment can give much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional bonus for your HVAC equipment. It could help it work longer and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house could help keep your household healthy when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to spread humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t operating.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At H&C Heating and Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we arrive at your home.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 301-960-3247 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a professional arriving at 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.