Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

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

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re likely spending lots more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can add indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern homes are securely closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which system is best for your home? Our expert professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality products we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides cleaner air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit working smoothly.

Ahead of getting a more powerful filter, contact us at 734-363-8907. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units 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 added on the inside of your heating and cooling unit. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It might help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components 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 effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence may help keep your household in good health during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, give us a call at 734-363-8907 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you might have with a pro visiting 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.