Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular calendar into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending much more 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 eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are tightly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

There are a few steps you can take to better your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is right for your residence? Our skilled technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters contaminants.

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

We suggest getting at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit working properly.

Ahead of getting an enhanced filter, reach us at 251-471-2674. Our professionals can help you find the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification systems you can buy. 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 systems can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your HVAC system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an extra advantage for your heating and cooling system. It may help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your house could help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’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 experts generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort system isn’t on.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, we’re committed to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 251-471-2674 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you could have with a tech arriving at your residence now.

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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.