Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule upside down.

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

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

Today’s residences are securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

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

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our expert professionals can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the most fitting choice for your household’s unique needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment working properly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, reach us at 308-624-3485. Our pros can help you find the most ideal match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including 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 comfort system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also offers an additional perk for your comfort unit. It can help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home could help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity while your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 308-624-3485 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you can have with a professional coming to your residence 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.