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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

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

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending lots more time there today. Consequently 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 options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are firmly 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

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

There are a few steps 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 expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the ideal choice 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 average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers 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.

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Ahead of buying a more powerful filter, contact us at 256-574-1300. Our experts can help you find the most ideal solution for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 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 eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also offers an extra perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it last for a greater period of time and heat and cool 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 effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your home might help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, among further 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 changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Southern Heating & Cooling Inc., we’re committed 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 associate. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we arrive at 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 apprehension you can have with a tech arriving at 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.

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