Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your residence 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 homes are firmly sealed, which is great 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 could cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are many elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several actions you can take to better your air quality. Some include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is best for your home? Our skilled professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the results, we can then suggest the best choice for your home’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters pollutants.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

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

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

In advance of installing a better filter, reach us at 203-357-5913. Our experts can help you select the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 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 added within your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system might give relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added advantage for your heating and cooling unit. It might help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components 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 results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house may help keep your family from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to spread humidity when your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Central Air LLC, we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 203-357-5913 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you might have with a tech arriving at your home 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.