Why Your Residence's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

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

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending 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 house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s houses are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal option for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary 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 least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

Before getting an enhanced filter, give us a call at 239-214-0411. Our professionals can help you select the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment might provide relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an additional bonus for your heating and cooling system. It may help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence may help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your comfort system isn’t on.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Comfort Zone Inc, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 239-214-0411 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you might have with a technician arriving at your house 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.