Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are securely airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be problematic, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is best for your residence? Our expert pros can do an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the results, we can then suggest the best choice for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, contact us at 309-323-9584. Our pros can help you choose the best solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added within your comfort system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might offer relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added bonus for your HVAC unit. It might help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your home may help keep your household healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to move humidity when your heating system isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we arrive at your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 309-323-9584 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you may have with a tech 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.