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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably 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 home that offer hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern homes are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are lots of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is best for your home? Our expert professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters air.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment working smoothly.

Before buying an upgraded filter, reach us at 714-453-4711. Our experts can help you find the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit can deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an additional advantage for your HVAC equipment. It can help it last for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components 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 the greatest results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your house may help keep your family from getting sick during the winter. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity while your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Eco Fresh HVAC Inc., we’re passionate about making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 714-453-4711 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a professional arriving at your residence 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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