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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily calendar upside down.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s residences are securely closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This may lead to issues, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our skilled 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 off of the results, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise installing at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit running smoothly.

In advance of installing a better filter, give us a call at 862-345-6896. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 unit. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit may offer welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an added perk for your comfort system. It might help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence might help keep your family healthy when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

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

You can reach this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity while your heating system isn’t running.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc., we’re committed to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we visit your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 862-345-6896 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you can have with a professional arriving at 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.

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