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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular schedule upside down.

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

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

Today’s residences are securely closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are a lot of elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our skilled techs can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then recommend the ideal choice for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we have.

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest buying at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit working smoothly.

Ahead of buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 804-302-6657. Our professionals can help you choose the best option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 installed on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment can offer welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

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

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your family healthy when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity while your comfort system isn’t operating.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your residence comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

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

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 804-302-6657 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you may have with a technician 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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