Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern houses are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are many elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the best option for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality products we provide.

 

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 common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest buying at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Ahead of installing a better filter, give us a call at (833)-466-3322. Our experts can help you select the best option for your system.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 inside your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit might provide relief. Especially if you live in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it work for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, since 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 the greatest effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home might help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among further cold weather irritations.

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

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Goode Bros AC & Heating, we’re passionate about making your home more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at (833)-466-3322 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any worries you can have with a pro arriving at your residence 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.