Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending lots more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you realize we can add indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These options 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 great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our time inside.

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

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

Not sure which option is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the best option for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we offer.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary 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 advise upgrading to at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy needs*.

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

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

Before installing an enhanced filter, give us a call at 512-355-1482. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your comfort system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit may offer welcome relief. Especially if you live in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an extra perk for your HVAC system. It could help it work longer and run more efficiently, because 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 the greatest effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t operating.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely 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 extra precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at 512-355-1482 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you can have with a technician coming to 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.