Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re probably spending more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These options can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s residences are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be problematic, since we spend about 90% of our time inside.

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

There are several steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which system is best for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest buying at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Before buying an enhanced filter, reach us at 812-200-5844. Our experts can help you select the best solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 installed on the inside of your HVAC system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment might give relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added advantage for your HVAC unit. It might help it last for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t running.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Dearing's Service & Solutions, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 812-200-5844 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any worries you could have with a tech visiting your residence at this time.

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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.