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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

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

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

Today’s houses are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we sell.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

In advance of buying a better filter, give us a call at 847-306-8990. Our professionals can help you find the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added within your HVAC system. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can offer much-desired relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an extra perk for your HVAC unit. It could help it work for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence could help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, amidst further cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to spread humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To find out more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 847-306-8990 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you may have with a tech coming to 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.

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