Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular routine upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re possibly spending lots more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

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

Not certain which solution is best for your house? Our skilled technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the most fitting choice for your family’s unique needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we provide.

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend buying at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

In advance of getting an enhanced filter, contact us at 513-268-5164. Our professionals can help you select the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best 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, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your heating and cooling equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a humid area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It may help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool 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 greatest effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home can help keep your household in good health during the winter. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out 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 achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to spread humidity during the time your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, we’re committed to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we visit your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 513-268-5164 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you can have with a tech visiting your house today.

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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.