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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re probably spending much more more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are many of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is right for your house? Our skilled professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the best choice for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality products we offer.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter provides cleaner air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment running correctly.

Before getting a better filter, contact us at 614-451-0846. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 added on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could give welcome relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra perk for your comfort unit. It could help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts 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 the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence can help keep your household in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among other cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity when your heating system isn’t running.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. 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 support. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your house.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 614-451-0846 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you may have with a tech visiting your residence 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.

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