Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending much more more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of things you can do to improve your air quality. Some solutions include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your family’s unique needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

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

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

Ahead of installing a better filter, contact us at 602-832-7808. Our experts can help you choose the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides 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 types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that lead 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 unit. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It can help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your family in good health during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t on.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc, we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can get.

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

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 602-832-7808 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you can have with a pro coming to your house at this time.

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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.