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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there today. 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 home that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These options can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s houses are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are many of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is right for your house? Our skilled pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the best choice for your family’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how successfully it filters pollutants.

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

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Ahead of installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 815-410-1231. Our pros can help you choose the best match for your unit.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an added perk for your HVAC system. It could help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without limiting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your house could help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out when we complete 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 achieve this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your HVAC unit isn’t on.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, we’re committed to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 815-410-1231 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any concerns you may have with a technician visiting your home today.


*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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