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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending much more more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s residences are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is best for your house? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality products we have.

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest buying at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

In advance of getting a better filter, contact us at 313-230-4053. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC equipment. It could help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence might help keep your family from getting sick during the winter. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to move humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t on.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Airtronic Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 313-230-4053 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you may 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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