Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending lots more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are lots of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several things you can do to better your air quality. Some solutions include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is best for your home? Our knowledgeable professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality products we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

In advance of buying an upgraded filter, give us a call at 636-206-4250. Our experts can help you find the best solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems 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 added inside your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might give much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an extra perk for your comfort equipment. It may help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence could help keep your family from getting sick in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, amidst other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your heating system isn’t on.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Air Alliance Team, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we visit your residence.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at 636-206-4250 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any worries you may have with a tech coming to your house 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.