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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

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

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

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

Up-to-date houses are securely sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might 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 determined 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 cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are a few 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 sure which system 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 choice for your home’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality solutions 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 pollutants.

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

We advise upgrading to at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re usually 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 unit working smoothly.

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 785-269-0465. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 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 placed within your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also provides an extra bonus for your HVAC system. It could help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts 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 residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home might help keep your loved ones healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Scott Temperature, we’re committed 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 support. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs 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 worries you could have with a technician visiting 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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