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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you know we can put in 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).

Up-to-date residences are firmly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may lead to issues, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are lots of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is best for your residence? Our expert technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to find out 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 contaminants.

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

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

In advance of installing a better filter, contact us at 513-268-5164. Our experts can help you find the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could offer much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional perk for your comfort unit. It can help it work longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house might help keep your household in good health when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

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

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity while your heating system isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, we’re passionate about making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we visit your home.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 513-268-5164 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you can have with a professional visiting your house 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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