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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern houses are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are lots of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your home? Our skilled professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality products we provide.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters air.

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

We suggest upgrading to at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating properly.

Before installing a better filter, reach us at 949-204-0859. Our pros can help you find the most ideal match for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment 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 installed on the inside of your comfort equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your heating and cooling unit. It can help it last for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house could help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we visit your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 949-204-0859 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any worries you can have with a professional visiting your home 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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