Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern homes are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

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

Unsure which option is a good fit for your residence? Our expert techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your family’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

In advance of getting a more powerful filter, contact us at 541-238-2797. Our pros can help you select the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units 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 placed inside your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment might deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It may help it last for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your home could help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your heating system isn’t operating.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Tri County Climate Control LLC, we’re passionate about making your home more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 541-238-2797 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you can have with a professional coming to your house 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.