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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re probably spending much more more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting option for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend installing no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating correctly.

Ahead of buying a better filter, give us a call at 256-801-4701. Our experts can help you select the best option for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment 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 added within your heating and cooling equipment. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system may provide welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a humid climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an extra perk for your HVAC equipment. It may help it run longer and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence may help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity when your heating equipment isn’t on.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your residence.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 256-801-4701 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you might have with a pro arriving at your home 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.

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