Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

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

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. As a result, 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 provide hospital-grade filtration? These options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date residences are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are a lot of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several steps 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 certain which option is best for your home? Our expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the best option for your household’s unique needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters pollutants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise buying at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working smoothly.

In advance of installing an enhanced filter, contact us at 408-215-1018. Our professionals can help you find the best option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 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 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 provide much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra perk for your comfort unit. It could help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your house could help keep your household from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on 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 options, which are the most complete solution on the market.

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

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 408-215-1018 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer 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.