Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending lots more time there today. 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 house that provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date houses are securely airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is best for your house? Our skilled techs can perform 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 the outcome, we can then advise you on the most fitting solution for your home’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters pollutants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

In advance of buying a more powerful filter, reach us at 925-233-6238. Our experts can help you find the best match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification systems 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.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may provide welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It might help it run longer and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides 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 system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, among added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t on.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Clean Air HVAC, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

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

To find out more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 925-233-6238 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any concerns you can have with a technician coming to your residence 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.