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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re possibly 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 solutions can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s residences are tightly closed, which is fantastic 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 can be troublesome, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your residence? Our expert pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced 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 buying at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while limiting energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re frequently installed in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including 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 working correctly.

Before buying a more powerful filter, reach us at 801-305-4777. Our experts can help you choose the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment 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 eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system can offer much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

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 suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct 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, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

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

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t on.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

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

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we come to your home.

To discover 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 coming to your house 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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