Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern residences are firmly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may 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 lifetime indoors.

There are many elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is best for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting option for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking 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 fresher air while reducing energy use*.

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

Before getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 832-224-3887. Our experts can help you find the right option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 placed on the inside of your comfort system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit can provide relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional bonus for your heating and cooling system. It may help it run for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home may help keep your household in good health during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it when we complete 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 achieve this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity throughout your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t running.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Air Houston Mechanical LLC, we’re dedicated to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only 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 arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 832-224-3887 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you could have with a tech arriving at 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.