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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending lots more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you know we can put in indoor air quality products in your residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate 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 might be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are a lot of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as 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 options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is best for your home? Our expert pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your family’s unique needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we sell.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters contaminants.

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

We advise buying no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment running smoothly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification units you can purchase. 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 eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 inside your HVAC unit. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit might give much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

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

Our air quality engineers suggest installing 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 in good health in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

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

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your comfort unit 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 equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. 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 knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you can have with a technician 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.

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