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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

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

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re possibly spending much more more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s homes are tightly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are lots of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which system is best for your house? Our knowledgeable professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your family’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we offer.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters air.

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

We recommend upgrading to at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working properly.

In advance of getting a more powerful filter, contact us at 740-474-5940. Our pros can help you find the right solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may offer much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It can help it run longer and operate 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 provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity when your heating equipment isn’t running.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc., we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 740-474-5940 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you may have with a professional visiting 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.

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