The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar all over the place.
When times feel uncertain you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.
Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that offer hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Up-to-date residences are securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can lead to issues since we spend about 90% of our days indoors.
There are many things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.
There are several actions you can take to enhance your air quality. Some include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Not certain which option is best for your residence? Our expert techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the best option for your home’s distinct needs.
Continue reading to learn more about the air quality products we have.
When browsing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters air.
One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.
We recommend upgrading to no less than MERV 13, for example the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy use.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, as they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Before installing a more powerful filter, contact us at 801-305-4777. Our experts can help you choose the best option for your unit.
Lennox provides some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful systems can wipe out:
- 99.9% of allergens, like 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 on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can deliver relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.
This light also offers an additional bonus for your comfort system. It can help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.
Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.
Acquiring correct humidity in your home might help keep your household from getting sick during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.
If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC system isn’t running.
Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
At Select Comfort Systems, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.
We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your house.
To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 801-305-4777 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you may have with a pro arriving at your house at this time.
*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.