Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending lots more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s homes are securely airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are many of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is right for your house? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters air.

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, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system running properly.

In advance of buying a more powerful filter, contact us at 256-574-1300. Our pros can help you find the best solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 installed on the inside of your heating and cooling equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also offers an extra perk for your comfort equipment. It could help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your home might help keep your loved ones from getting sick in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather irritations.

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

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your comfort system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Southern Heating & Cooling Inc., we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To learn more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 256-574-1300 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any worries you can have with a tech coming to your residence today.

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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.