Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily calendar into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are firmly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters air.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the gold standard in air filtration, since they’re usually in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as 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 in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment working smoothly.

Ahead of buying a more powerful filter, reach us at 714-855-1717. Our experts can help you select the best match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems 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 added within your heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could deliver welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an additional perk for your comfort equipment. It may help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity when your comfort unit isn’t running.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Eco Fresh HVAC Inc., we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at 714-855-1717 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you can have with a technician arriving at your home 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.