Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s houses are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality products we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

Ahead of getting an enhanced filter, contact us at 706-695-7492. Our experts can help you select the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 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 HVAC system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional perk for your HVAC equipment. It may help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your home might help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise 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 provide the right level of humidity throughout your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t on.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At True Temp Heating & Air Inc, we’re committed to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 706-695-7492 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you may 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.