Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern houses are securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are a lot of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your residence? Our expert techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting option for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters pollutants.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, give us a call at 608-291-3606. Our experts can help you choose the right match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 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 inside your comfort equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can offer welcome relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional advantage for your comfort equipment. It may help it work longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without restricting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home could help keep your loved ones healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Lanz Furnace and Fireplace, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we arrive at your home.

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 608-291-3606 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you can have with a professional coming to your house 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.