The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.
In uncertain times you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.
Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your home that offer hospital-grade filtration? These products can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Today’s residences are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may lead to issues since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
There are many elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.
There are several things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which system is best for your house? Our expert pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your family’s distinctive needs.
Continue reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we offer.
When browsing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.
One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.
We advise upgrading to no less than MERV 13, for instance the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy use.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the gold standard in air filtration, since they’re usually used in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Ahead of installing a more powerful filter, contact us at 301-960-3247. Our experts can help you select the best solution for your unit.
Lennox provides some of the greatest air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.
This powerful equipment can wipe out:
- 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that contribute to strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is placed inside your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could give relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.
This light also has an added perk for your heating and cooling unit. It could help it last longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.
Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.
Having balanced humidity in your house may help keep your family in good health during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.
If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can accomplish this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t running.
Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements
At H&C Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.
We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we come to your house.
To learn more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 301-960-3247 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you can have with a technician coming to your house at this time.
*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.