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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence 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 provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions 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 can be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the CEPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

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

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the most fitting solution for your family’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest installing no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy needs*.

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

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

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer 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, including ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment may provide much-desired relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional perk for your comfort equipment. It can 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 optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your home can help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, among further 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 advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At McFadden Heating & Cooling, we’re passionate about making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, 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 come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 1-866-781-0111 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any apprehension 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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