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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical routine into a jumble.

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

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

Modern residences are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can 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 could lead to issues, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

There are a few actions you can take to better your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is best for your home? Our expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we provide.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and lowest priced 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, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment working correctly.

Before getting a more powerful filter, reach us at 319-229-2318. Our experts can help you find the best match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories 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, such as ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit might deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added perk for your HVAC unit. It can help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components 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 the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home can help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity when your heating equipment isn’t running.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At WM J Kraus & Son, we’re committed to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 319-229-2318 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you can have with a tech coming to 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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