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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you realize we can put in indoor air quality products in your house 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 closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be more contaminated 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 lifetime inside.

There are lots of elements 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 actions 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 best for your home? Our expert techs 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 our findings, we can then suggest the best choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while limiting energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, because 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.

Whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully 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 experts can help you choose the best solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment 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 inside your heating and cooling system. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also provides an extra advantage for your HVAC system. It may help it last longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest 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

Getting even humidity in your house may help keep your loved ones from getting sick in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros 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 deliver optimal humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to spread humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t running.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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 get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we arrive at your home.

To find out 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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