The international growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular routine upside down.
When things feel uncertain you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.
Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your home that offer hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Modern houses are firmly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be troublesome since we spend about 90% of our time in a building.
There are many elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.
There are several steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which solution is best for your house? Our expert techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the best choice for your household’s distinctive needs.
Continue reading to find out more about the air quality products we have.
When looking at air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.
One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.
We recommend getting no less than MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy needs.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re typically used in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Before buying a better filter, give us a call at (815) 914-6197. Our experts can help you choose the right solution for your system.
Lennox offers some of the best air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful systems can take care of:
- 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that lead to strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is added inside your HVAC system. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit can give relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold thrive.
This light also has an extra perk for your comfort equipment. It may help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.
Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.
Acquiring correct humidity in your residence might help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.
If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity while your comfort system isn’t on.
Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
At Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.
We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we visit your house.
To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at (815) 914-6197 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension you can have with a tech arriving at your house now.
*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.