Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The global 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 likely spending much more more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are tightly sealed, which is good 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 may be problematic, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several steps you can take to enhance 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 residence? 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 suggest the most fitting solution for your home’s unique needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we provide.

 

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 lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, because 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 select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working correctly.

In advance of buying a more powerful filter, contact us at 740-474-5940. Our experts can help you find the right match 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.

These powerful units can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your HVAC unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may offer welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a humid area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an added bonus for your HVAC equipment. It might help it run longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal 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 unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house can help keep your loved ones in good health during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc, we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. 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 support. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out 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 house 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.