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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending lots more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These options can clear 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 inside air can be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the best option for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest upgrading to at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives fresher air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system operating smoothly.

Ahead of getting an enhanced filter, give us a call at 785-269-0465. Our professionals can help you find the best option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver 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 contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added within your comfort unit. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an extra bonus for your HVAC system. It could help it work for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home might help keep your household healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity while your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Scott Temperature, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we arrive at your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 785-269-0465 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any apprehension you might have with a technician visiting 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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