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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s homes are securely closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are a lot of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could lead to headaches and irritate 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.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest buying no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, as they’re typically used in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 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 fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system working properly.

Ahead of buying an enhanced filter, contact us at 717-383-4479. Our experts can help you select the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your HVAC unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might provide welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an added perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It may help it work for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. 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 limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity during the time your heating system isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

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

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

To learn more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 717-383-4479 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you may have with a professional arriving at your house 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.

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