Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular routine into a jumble.

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

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

Modern houses are tightly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This may lead to issues, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are many of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is best for your house? Our expert techs can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

In advance of buying a better filter, reach us at 319-229-2318. Our professionals can help you select the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra perk for your HVAC system. It might help it run for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing 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 residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your household healthy when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it 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 reach this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity across your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to move humidity while your comfort system isn’t operating.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At WM J Kraus & Son, we’re passionate about making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 319-229-2318 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you can have with a professional visiting your home 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.