Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re likely spending more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern residences are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are many factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is a good fit for your residence? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the best choice for your home’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy needs*.

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

Ahead of getting an enhanced filter, reach us at 256-801-4701. Our experts can help you find the best option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed within your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can give relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an added bonus for your comfort system. It could help it last longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your home could help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to other 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 on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your heating equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your house.

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 256-801-4701 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any worries you may have with a tech visiting your home 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.