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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you realize we can add indoor air quality products in your residence that offer hospital-grade filtration? These products can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern homes are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are lots of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are several steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your home? Our expert pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the best choice for your home’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters air.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed 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.

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment working correctly.

Before installing an upgraded filter, give us a call at 478-202-3170. Our pros can help you choose the best solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment can provide much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added bonus for your HVAC system. It may help it last longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts 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 best outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence can help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t running.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Air Temperature Control, we’re dedicated to making your residence comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 478-202-3170 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you might have with a tech coming to your residence at this time.

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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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