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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re likely spending lots more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Were you aware we can add 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).

Up-to-date residences are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and exasperate 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.

Unsure which option is right for your home? Our knowledgeable professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we have.

Air Filtration

When looking at 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 lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re usually used 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 choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Ahead of installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 410-690-4244. Our experts can help you select the best option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your comfort equipment. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC unit. It could help it last for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to move humidity while your heating equipment isn’t on.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Quality Refrigeration Services, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 410-690-4244 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a pro arriving at 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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