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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular routine upside down.

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

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

Modern residences are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might lead to issues, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

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

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

Not sure which option is a good fit for your home? Our expert technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality products we provide.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re usually installed in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

Before installing a better filter, give us a call at 614-871-4144. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could offer much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a humid area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added bonus for your comfort equipment. It may help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity when your heating equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Air Quality Solutions, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 614-871-4144 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you could have with a tech arriving at your home 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.

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