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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular routine into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re probably spending lots more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are firmly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be dirtier 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 problematic, since the EPA has determined 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 might result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is right for your house? Our expert pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the best choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we offer.

Air Filtration

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

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 somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, since they’re usually in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating properly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, reach us at 724-401-1843. Our experts can help you choose the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. 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 units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 inside your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might offer welcome relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

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

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your house could help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t on.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Central Heating & Plumbing, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. 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 residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 724-401-1843 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any apprehension you may have with a technician coming to your residence 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.

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