Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending much more more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are firmly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

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

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

Not certain which system is right for your residence? Our expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit running correctly.

Ahead of installing a better filter, reach us at 862-345-6896. Our professionals can help you find the best solution 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 categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 heating and cooling unit. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could provide welcome relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your HVAC unit. It can help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as 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 greatest results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity across your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

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

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 862-345-6896 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you may have with a technician coming to 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.