Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your home 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 securely airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your house? Our expert techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your household’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.

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

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment running correctly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 832-777-1521. Our professionals can help you choose the right option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 inside your HVAC system. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment can give much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added perk for your heating and cooling unit. It might help it last longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts 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 optimal effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your home might help keep your household from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity while your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Air Houston Mechanical LLC, we’re dedicated to making your residence 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 support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we come to your house.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 832-777-1521 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a tech arriving at 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.