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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending much more more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know 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).

Modern houses are firmly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

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

Not certain which system is right for your home? Our expert 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 advise you on the ideal option for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters air.

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

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

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, because they’re usually installed in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 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 unit working properly.

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

These powerful units can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your comfort equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system could provide much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy 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 longer period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces 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 provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of 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 deliver optimal humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to circulate humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re committed to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can get.

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 come to your home.

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