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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know we can add 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).

Up-to-date residences are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which system is a good fit for your home? Our skilled techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then suggest the ideal option for your family’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we sell.

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 pollutants.

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

We suggest buying at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment running smoothly.

Before getting a better filter, contact us at 308-624-3485. Our experts can help you choose the most ideal solution for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit might provide welcome relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it work for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your house can help keep your family from getting sick in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we visit your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 308-624-3485 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any apprehension you can have with a technician coming to your house 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.

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