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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. That’s why 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 solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s houses are securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are lots of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some possibilities include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which system is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the most fitting solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we offer.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

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

We advise installing no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

In advance of getting an enhanced filter, contact us at 775-230-7628. Our pros can help you select the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your comfort system. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment can deliver welcome relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an extra advantage for your HVAC system. It may help it run longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components 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 best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home might help keep your family from getting sick during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity while your comfort system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Anderson Heating & A/C, we’re committed to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at 775-230-7628 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you could have with a professional visiting your house 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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