Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s homes are firmly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

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

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

Not certain which solution is best for your home? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your home’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality products we have.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters air.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest installing at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit running correctly.

Before buying an upgraded filter, give us a call at 715-318-6728. Our pros can help you select the right solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units 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 on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your comfort unit. It may help it run longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity while your comfort unit isn’t on.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC, we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, 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 we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 715-318-6728 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you might have with a professional arriving at 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.