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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending much more more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you realize 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).

Today’s homes are securely airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

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

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while lowering energy needs*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

In advance of buying an upgraded filter, reach us at 325-200-4667. Our professionals can help you select the best option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 comfort unit. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit could provide much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added perk for your heating and cooling system. It can help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

While the range of your house’s humidity percentage fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity when your heating equipment isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Abilene Air-Tech Inc, we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we visit your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 325-200-4667 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you can have with a tech arriving at your home at this time.

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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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