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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

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

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

Today’s houses are securely closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are a lot of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is best for your residence? 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 suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters pollutants.

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 limiting 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 system operating properly.

Ahead of getting 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® provides some of the greatest 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 has allergies or asthma, this unit can offer much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

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

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an upgraded 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 fulfills this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence could help keep your family healthy when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity when your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. That’s why we sell 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 considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 847-306-8990 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you may have with a tech arriving at 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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