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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine into a jumble.

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

Were you aware we can put in indoor air quality products in your house that deliver 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 securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is right for your house? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the best option for your household’s distinct needs.

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

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 contaminants.

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

We suggest getting no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal 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 catching 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 fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment running correctly.

Before buying a better filter, contact us at 614-451-0846. Our experts can help you select the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that contribute 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 equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could provide welcome relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an extra perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using 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 combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence may help keep your household from getting sick when it’s chilly. 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 determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your residence comfier. 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 wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your residence.

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

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