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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily schedule all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the CEPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

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

Unsure which system is best for your residence? Our expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the most fitting solution for your home’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters contaminants.

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

We suggest installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, as they’re frequently installed 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 take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system running correctly.

In advance of installing a better filter, reach us at 1-866-781-0111. Our experts can help you find the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 placed inside your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment may provide welcome relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional perk for your comfort unit. It might help it run longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your home may help keep your family in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity while your HVAC system isn’t on.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At McFadden Heating & Cooling, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 1-866-781-0111 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you can have with a professional coming to your house now.

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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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