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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re possibly spending much more more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern houses are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

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

There’s a combination of steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is best for your home? Our skilled techs can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment running smoothly.

Before buying a more powerful filter, give us a call at 925-233-6238. Our experts can help you choose the best match for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 within your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment might offer welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC system. It may help it last for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct 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 cracked lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to move humidity while your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Clean Air HVAC, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at 925-233-6238 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you can have with a technician arriving at your home 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.

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