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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global growth 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. Consequently 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 airtight, 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 lots 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.

Unsure which solution is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the ideal option for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

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 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 advise upgrading to at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re typically 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 feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system operating smoothly.

In advance of getting a better filter, contact us at 313-230-4053. Our professionals can help you select the best solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 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 installed inside your comfort system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may give much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC unit. It could help it last for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces 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 optimal outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

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

If you aren’t sure 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 accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to move humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t on.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Airtronic Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. 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 residence.

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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