Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular schedule all over the place.

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

Did you know we can put in indoor air quality products in your house 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 residences are firmly 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 inferior than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are a lot of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are a few steps you can take to better your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is best for your house? Our knowledgeable professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your family’s unique needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

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

We suggest installing at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the gold standard in air filtration, as they’re typically in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment working smoothly.

Before installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 928-244-8840. Our experts can help you select the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can get. 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 take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 within your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit could provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an extra advantage for your HVAC system. It might help it work for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house could help keep your loved ones healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

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

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your HVAC equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Connolly Electric & Mechanical, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 928-244-8840 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a pro visiting your home 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.