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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending much more more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside 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 might cause a problem, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

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

There are a few actions you can take to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the most fitting solution for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should look at 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, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, because 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.

Whichever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating properly.

Before getting a more powerful filter, reach us at 801-305-4777. Our pros can help you select the right match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 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 placed inside your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit can offer much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added bonus for your heating and cooling system. It may help it last longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your home.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 801-305-4777 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you may have with a tech arriving at your residence 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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