Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re likely spending lots more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s houses are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are lots of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is right for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then advise you on the most fitting option for your family’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters contaminants.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working properly.

In advance of getting an upgraded filter, contact us at 717-383-4479. Our experts can help you find the best solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types 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 within your comfort unit. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit could provide welcome relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added bonus for your heating and cooling system. It might help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house may help keep your household healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t running.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your house.

To learn more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 717-383-4479 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you can have with a tech coming to your house 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.