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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s residences are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are lots of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is right for your residence? Our skilled professionals can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters air.

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

We advise upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

Ahead of buying a better filter, reach us at 239-214-0411. Our professionals can help you select the right option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 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 placed within your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could give welcome relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added perk for your HVAC equipment. It could help it work longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components 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 optimal results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house could help keep your household in good health during the winter. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to move humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

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

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we visit your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 239-214-0411 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you might have with a pro arriving at your home at this time.

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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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