Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending lots more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are tightly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are lots of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is right for your residence? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest installing at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while limiting energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the gold standard in air filtration, because they’re usually used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

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 unit working properly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded 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 greatest air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 equipment. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your HVAC equipment. It may help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones in good health in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to circulate humidity while your heating equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we visit your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 303-452-4146 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you might have with a tech coming to your house 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.