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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know we can add indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These products can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s houses are tightly closed, which is great 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 poorer than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are lots of elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is right for your house? Our expert pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your household’s unique needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we provide.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system operating smoothly.

Ahead of getting a more powerful filter, contact us at 201-268-5663. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling 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, like ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system could give welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional bonus for your heating and cooling system. It may help it run longer and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Total Comfort, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 201-268-5663 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you could have with a technician visiting your home now.

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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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