Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily routine into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending much more more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can add 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 houses are firmly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many of things 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 steps you can take to better your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which system is best for your home? Our expert techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality products we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses 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 somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter gives fresher air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

Ahead of installing an upgraded filter, contact us at 201-268-5663. Our experts can help you choose the best solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 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 added on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit might deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an added perk for your comfort equipment. It may help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence could help keep your household in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’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 typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity while your heating equipment isn’t running.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Total Comfort, we’re passionate about 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 only your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, reach us at 201-268-5663 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you might have with a professional coming to your residence 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.