Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

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

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is right for your home? Our skilled technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the most fitting option for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise buying at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

In advance of installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 916-243-6714. Our professionals can help you find the right solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 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 placed on the inside of your heating and cooling unit. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system may offer relief. Especially if you reside in a humid area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your HVAC unit. It could help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence can help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, 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.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At American HVAC Inc, we’re passionate about making your home more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 916-243-6714 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you may have with a technician 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.