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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you realize we can add 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 residences are securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

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

There are several things you can do to better your air quality. Some possibilities include enhanced 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 our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters contaminants.

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

We advise installing at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

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

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

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest 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.

These powerful units 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 on the inside of your comfort system. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also provides an added bonus for your HVAC system. It may help it run longer and run more efficiently, because 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 effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your comfort 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 bothers.

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

You can achieve this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

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

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 775-230-7628 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you could have with a technician 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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