Why Your Residence's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule upside down.

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

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

Up-to-date homes are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might lead to issues, since we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are many factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to better your air quality. Some 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 knowledgeable techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based upon the outcome, we can then advise you on the best solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality products we sell.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides fresher air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Before installing an upgraded filter, give us a call at 325-200-4667. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 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 placed within your HVAC unit. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment can provide relief. Especially if you live in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an added advantage for your HVAC unit. It could help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts 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 greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence may help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon 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 unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to move humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Abilene Air-Tech Inc, we’re dedicated to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 325-200-4667 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you might have with a pro arriving at your residence 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.

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