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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your house 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 closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside 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 lifetime in a building.

There are lots of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and exasperate 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.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your home? Our skilled professionals can conduct 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.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters air.

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

We recommend buying no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while limiting energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re typically used in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 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 comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating smoothly.

Before buying an enhanced filter, contact us at 714-453-4711. Our pros can help you find the most ideal match 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.

This powerful equipment 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 inside your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also provides an additional bonus for your HVAC equipment. It can help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an improved 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 unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence may help keep your family from getting sick during the winter. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Experts 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 buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, 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 house 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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