Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s residences are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are a lot of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are several steps 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 best for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.

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

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system operating smoothly.

Ahead of installing an upgraded filter, contact us at 540-369-3790. Our experts can help you select the most ideal match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 installed inside your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment might deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an added perk for your comfort system. It may help it work longer 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 optimal outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It completes this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence can help keep your household healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity throughout your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Davis Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To learn more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 540-369-3790 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a pro arriving at your home 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.