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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re possibly spending lots more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are lots of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

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

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the best in air filtration, as they’re usually used 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 rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating correctly.

Before installing an upgraded filter, contact us at 251-471-2674. Our professionals can help you find the best solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer 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, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional bonus for your heating and cooling system. It could help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity while your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your house.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 251-471-2674 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you may have with a technician coming to 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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