Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are lots of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is best for your residence? Our expert pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal option for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we have.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

In advance of installing a better filter, give us a call at 573-203-3908. Our pros can help you find the right match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an additional perk for your HVAC equipment. It might help it work longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components 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 the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house may help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your comfort system isn’t operating.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Stieferman Heating Company Inc, we’re committed to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we come to your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 573-203-3908 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any worries you could have with a professional coming to your house 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.