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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular routine upside down.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s houses are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit 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 our findings, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your family’s unique needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we have.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters pollutants.

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

We advise installing at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides clearer air while lowering energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed 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.

Whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

In advance of installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 734-363-8907. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 installed within your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your heating and cooling system. It might help it work longer and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your HVAC unit isn’t running.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your home.

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