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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending lots more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Were you aware we can add indoor air quality products in your house that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date houses are securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior 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 factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is best for your home? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the best option for your household’s unique needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality products we provide.

Air Filtration

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

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 slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system working smoothly.

In advance of installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 408-215-1018. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 placed within your comfort unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may give welcome relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added perk for your comfort unit. It could help it work for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity while your comfort unit isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At American HVAC Inc, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 408-215-1018 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension you may have with a pro visiting 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.

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