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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular routine all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending lots more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might lead to issues, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are many of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is right for your house? Our skilled professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we offer.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures 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 system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the gold standard in air filtration, as they’re usually installed in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

In advance of installing an upgraded filter, contact us at 951-299-9853. Our professionals can help you select the best match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification units you can get. 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, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can provide much-needed relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an extra perk for your comfort unit. It can help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically works with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Cool Air Solutions, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we arrive at your home.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 951-299-9853 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you may have with a professional arriving at your home 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.

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