Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern homes are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are many factors that can contribute to 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 solution is best for your home? Our knowledgeable techs can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the best option for your family’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Ahead of getting an enhanced filter, give us a call at 740-200-5591. Our professionals can help you find the best match for your system.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your heating and cooling equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system could give relief. Especially if you live in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an extra bonus for your comfort unit. It might help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

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

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Luikart Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 740-200-5591 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you may have with a tech arriving at your residence now.

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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.