Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you realize we can install indoor air quality products in your home that provide hospital-grade filtration? These options can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are securely closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is right for your residence? Our expert techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your household’s unique needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the gold standard in air filtration, because they’re frequently in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whichever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working properly.

Ahead of buying an upgraded filter, reach us at 785-269-0465. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal match for your unit.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 placed inside your comfort equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may give much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an added bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

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

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

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 785-269-0465 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you can have with a professional visiting your house 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.