Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s residences are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are lots of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is right for your home? Our expert pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the best option for your family’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers clearer air while limiting energy needs*.

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

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

Ahead of getting a better filter, give us a call at 801-305-4777. Our pros can help you select the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification equipment 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.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might give much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional bonus for your heating and cooling system. It may help it run for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your home.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 801-305-4777 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you could have with a pro coming to your home today.

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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.