Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s homes are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are lots of elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are a few actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which system is best for your home? Our expert professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal option for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters air.

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

We recommend installing no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

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

Before getting an upgraded filter, contact us at 951-299-9853. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing 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, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment may provide welcome relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an added advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It can help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your home could help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Cool Air Solutions, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we come to your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 951-299-9853 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you may have with a pro coming to your house now.

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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.