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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s residences are firmly 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your residence? Our expert techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the most fitting option for your home’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters pollutants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated 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 consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit working properly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories 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, including 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 might deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an additional perk for your HVAC equipment. It can help it run longer and run more efficiently, as 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 best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

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

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your heating system isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

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

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 573-203-3908 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you could have with a professional arriving at your house 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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