Why Your Residence's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern residences are firmly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

There are a few things you can do to improve your air quality. Some include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is best for your home? Our skilled techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your family’s unique needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters pollutants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Before getting a better filter, contact us at 410-228-4822. Our pros can help you find the most ideal option for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 unit. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could give relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It may help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since 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 provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house might help keep your household healthy when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity across your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to move humidity when your comfort system isn’t running.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Pliescott HVAC Services LLC , we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 410-228-4822 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you might have with a tech visiting your house now.

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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.