Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re likely spending more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern houses are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are many things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters air.

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

We advise buying at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Before installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 715-504-0533. Our professionals can help you select the right option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like 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 unit. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could provide relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an added perk for your HVAC unit. It could help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence could help keep your family healthy when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC system isn’t on.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Point Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 715-504-0533 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you might have with a technician visiting your house 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.