The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule all over the place.
When times feel uncertain you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re likely spending more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.
Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your house that provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Today’s homes are securely closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem since we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.
There are many things that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.
There are several steps you can take to better your air quality. Some include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Not sure which option is a good fit for your residence? Our skilled technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the results, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your family’s distinctive needs.
Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we provide.
When browsing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.
One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.
We recommend upgrading to no less than MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy consumption.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, as they’re frequently in use in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 804-302-6657. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal match for your unit.
Lennox has some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful units can wipe out:
- 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that contribute 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 equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may offer relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.
This light also provides an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It can help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.
Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.
Acquiring correct humidity in your home might help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.
If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t running.
Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
At Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.
We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we visit your home.
To discover more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 804-302-6657 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension you might have with a tech arriving at your house at this time.
*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.