Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular routine upside down.

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

Were you aware we can install 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).

Up-to-date residences are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is best for your house? Our skilled technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then advise you on the best option for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality products we have.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

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

We recommend installing at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system running smoothly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, contact us at 309-517-7511. Our pros can help you select the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 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 inside your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment may deliver welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It can help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your home may help keep your household healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At J.L. Brady Company LLC, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we visit your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 309-517-7511 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you can have with a tech arriving at your residence at this time.

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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.