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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re probably spending much more more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you realize we can install indoor air quality products in your house 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 residences are securely airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are a lot of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which system is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your home’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment working smoothly.

In advance of installing an enhanced filter, give us a call at 303-452-4146. Our professionals can help you choose the right option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your comfort unit. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment might provide welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added perk for your comfort system. It can help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house could help keep your loved ones healthy during the winter. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we’re passionate about making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 303-452-4146 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you might have with a technician arriving at your residence today.

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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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