Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

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

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

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

Modern houses are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

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

Unsure which system is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the best solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality products we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters air.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise installing at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

In advance of buying a better filter, contact us at 847-306-8990. Our experts can help you find the right solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 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 installed within your HVAC equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can offer relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC system. It can help it run longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your house could help keep your loved ones in good health in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity while your comfort unit isn’t running.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we visit your home.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 847-306-8990 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you could have with a professional visiting your residence 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.