The global growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular routine all over the place.
When times feel uncertain you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.
Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your house that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These products can remove 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 indoor air can be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be troublesome since we spend about 90% of our time inside.
There are many factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.
There are a few steps you can take to better your air quality. Some include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which system is right for your residence? Our knowledgeable techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the best option for your household’s unique needs.
Continue reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we provide.
When comparing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.
One of the most ordinary and lowest priced 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 recommend installing no less than MERV 13, for example the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the optimal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy needs.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, as they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Ahead of installing a more powerful filter, contact us at 215-741-5505. Our pros can help you choose the best solution for your system.
Lennox provides some of the best air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.
This powerful equipment can take care of:
- 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that contribute to strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is installed within your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit can provide relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.
This light also has an extra advantage for your HVAC unit. It could help it work for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.
Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your comfort unit’s airflow.
Getting balanced humidity in your house might help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.
If you don’t know what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can achieve this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t on.
Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
At Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC, we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.
We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we come to your residence.
To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 215-741-5505 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you might have with a tech visiting your home today.
*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.