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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

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

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s houses are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

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

There’s a combination of things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some options include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your residence? Our expert pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the best option for your household’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality products we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise installing at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating properly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 800-296-5088. Our pros can help you select the right solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification systems 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, including 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 heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment can give welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added perk for your heating and cooling system. It could help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your house may help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, among further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At AZ Air Conditioning and Heating, we’re passionate about making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we arrive at your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 800-296-5088 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any worries you can have with a professional arriving at your home 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.