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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know we can add 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 securely 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 calculated we spend about 90% of our time inside.

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

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our skilled technicians can conduct 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 home’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend getting no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy needs*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit working 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 taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units 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 unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an additional perk for your comfort unit. It might help it run longer and run more efficiently, because 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 optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

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

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

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

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

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we visit your home.

To discover more about our air quality solution, 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 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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