Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re possibly spending lots more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which system is best for your home? Our expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the most fitting choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, 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 considered the best in air filtration, since they’re typically used 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 rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment working correctly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, contact us at 602-971-0567. Our pros can help you find the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 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 on the inside of your comfort equipment. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could give much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It could help it work longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise 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 trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home can help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your HVAC system isn’t on.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Integrity AC & Heating LLC, we’re dedicated to making your residence comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 602-971-0567 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you might have with a technician 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.