Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical routine all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s houses are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more contaminated 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 lifetime inside.

There are lots of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your household’s unique needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality products we offer.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit working smoothly.

Ahead of buying an enhanced filter, reach us at 309-517-7511. Our experts can help you choose the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types 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 within your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might provide welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an added bonus for your heating and cooling system. It may help it last longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your heating equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At J.L. Brady Company LLC, we’re passionate about making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your home.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 309-517-7511 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you may have with a professional visiting your house 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.