Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might lead to issues, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are lots of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several 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.

Unsure which solution is right for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then advise you on the most fitting option for your household’s unique needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters air.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment working correctly.

In advance of installing a better filter, reach us at 614-451-0846. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can give welcome relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional perk for your HVAC equipment. It might help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components 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 the best outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system typically functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t running.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive 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 family. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 614-451-0846 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a pro 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.