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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily calendar all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you realize we can put in indoor air quality products in your house 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 houses are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

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

There are a few things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our skilled pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we provide.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded 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 delivers clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the best in air filtration, as they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whichever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

Before installing a better filter, reach us at 816-379-3918. Our experts can help you choose the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has 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 eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your comfort unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system could provide welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an extra bonus for your HVAC system. It can help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your home can help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather irritations.

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

You can achieve this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity across your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your comfort system isn’t operating.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

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

To learn more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 816-379-3918 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you could have with a technician coming to your residence 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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