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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

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

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

Did you know we can put in indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern homes are firmly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are lots of elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable techs 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 the results, we can then recommend the ideal choice for your household’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise buying at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system running properly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, reach us at 815-410-1231. Our pros can help you find the most ideal solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system could offer much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an added bonus for your heating and cooling system. It may help it last longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house can help keep your household from getting sick during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to move humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we visit your home.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 815-410-1231 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle 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.