Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are securely closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our expert pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we have.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters contaminants.

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, graded between 8 and 12.

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

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating smoothly.

In advance of installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 954-320-7398. Our professionals can help you choose the best match for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system could provide welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional bonus for your HVAC system. It can help it work for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, amidst other cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to move humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Solar Air Inc. , we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 954-320-7398 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any worries you could have with a tech arriving at your house now.

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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.