Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re possibly spending more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s homes are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are several actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is right for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. Based on the results, we can then recommend the best choice for your home’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality products we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing 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 least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest buying at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy use*.

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

Ahead of installing a better filter, give us a call at 724-401-1843. Our experts can help you find the right solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 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 installed on the inside of your comfort system. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can provide relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your comfort system. It could help it last longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence might help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

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

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 724-401-1843 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any worries you could have with a technician coming to your home 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.