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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your home that provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions 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 great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be more contaminated 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 days in a building.

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

There’s a combination of actions you can take to enhance 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 expert techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the best choice for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how successfully it filters contaminants.

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 somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides fresher 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.

In advance of installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 815-410-1231. Our pros can help you select the best solution for your equipment.

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 inside your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also provides an extra 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 suggest combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house could help keep your loved ones healthy in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among added 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 pros generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range with 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 during the time your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

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

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 technicians are taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with 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.

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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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