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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical routine all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending lots more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are securely airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are a lot of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several things you can do to improve your air quality. Some solutions include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which option is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest buying no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system running smoothly.

In advance of getting a more powerful filter, contact us at 918-682-8238. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds 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, including ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your HVAC unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an additional perk for your heating and cooling system. It might help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house can help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to move humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc., we’re committed to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 918-682-8238 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you could have with a professional coming to your home 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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