Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular routine all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re likely spending much more more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern residences are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of steps you can take to better your air quality. Some possibilities include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is best for your home? Our skilled pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then advise you on the best solution for your family’s unique needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters contaminants.

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

We recommend upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating properly.

Ahead of installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 918-682-8238. Our experts can help you choose the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including 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 heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit might give much-desired relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an added advantage for your heating and cooling unit. It may help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components 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 greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence could help keep your household healthy when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

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

You can reach this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity throughout your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to spread humidity when your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc., we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 918-682-8238 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you could have with a pro visiting 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.