Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar into a jumble.

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

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your home 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 tightly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many things that can lead 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 actions you can take to better your air quality. Some include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is right for your home? Our knowledgeable pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the most fitting option for your home’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy needs*.

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

In advance of buying a better filter, contact us at 570-322-3131. Our professionals can help you select the best option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your comfort unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit may deliver relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added bonus for your HVAC equipment. It can help it run longer and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. 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 limiting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your home may help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Airmen HVAC Service, we’re committed to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.

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

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 570-322-3131 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you could have with a pro arriving at 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.