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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar upside down.

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

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

Modern houses are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some options include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is right for your home? Our skilled technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters air.

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

We advise installing no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides fresher air while lowering energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Ahead of installing a better filter, give us a call at 309-323-9584. Our experts can help you find the right solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 comfort equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could provide welcome relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an added perk for your comfort system. It could help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather bothers.

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

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to circulate humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we provide 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 want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your home.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 309-323-9584 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you might have with a technician 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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