Why Your Residence's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily calendar into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re probably spending more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s houses are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters pollutants.

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

We advise installing no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides fresher air while lowering energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, because they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

In advance of installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 317-406-5783. Our professionals can help you find the right solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 comfort equipment. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could offer relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your comfort equipment. It might help it work for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, because 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 the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home might help keep your loved ones in good health during the winter. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling 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 do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Winters Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 317-406-5783 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you can have with a pro arriving at your home 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.