Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

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

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

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

Today’s houses are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are many of elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is right for your home? Our knowledgeable techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your home’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re frequently in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment running correctly.

In advance of installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 1-866-781-0111. Our experts can help you find the right option for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may provide welcome relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added advantage for your comfort unit. It could help it last for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house can help keep your loved ones in good health during the winter. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your comfort unit isn’t on.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At McFadden Heating & Cooling, we’re committed to making your home 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 family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we visit your residence.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 1-866-781-0111 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any worries you could have with a pro coming to your home 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.