Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending lots more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern residences are tightly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are a lot of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are a few actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is best for your home? Our skilled techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your household’s unique needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality products we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters air.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system running correctly.

In advance of getting a better filter, reach us at 605-206-2564. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal option for your unit.

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, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system could offer welcome relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added bonus for your heating and cooling system. It can help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity when your comfort system isn’t running.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Precision Mechanical, we’re committed to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 605-206-2564 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you may have with a professional visiting your residence 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.