Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

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

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

Not certain which solution is a good fit for your home? Our expert pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting option for your household’s unique needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the best in air filtration, because they’re frequently in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whichever 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 working correctly.

In advance of getting a better filter, reach us at 843-485-0967. Our pros can help you find the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 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 installed inside your heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may offer much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an added advantage for your comfort equipment. It might help it work longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Olde Towne Heating & Air, we’re committed to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 843-485-0967 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any apprehension you could have with a professional visiting your home 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.