Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar upside down.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending more time there now. 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 house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date houses are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

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

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

Unsure which option is right for your home? Our skilled pros can do an indoor air quality audit. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your home’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently 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 slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Before getting a better filter, give us a call at (337) 234-2345. Our professionals can help you choose the best match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 added on the inside of your comfort system. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system might deliver relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an added advantage for your heating and cooling system. It might help it last longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your home can help keep your loved ones healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally works with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity while your heating unit isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At AC Sales, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive 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 more precautions when we arrive at your home.

To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at (337) 234-2345 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you could have with a pro coming to your residence 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.