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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. 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 residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s 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 poorer 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 better your air quality. Some possibilities include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which system is a good fit for your house? Our skilled techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend buying no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter delivers fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working properly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification equipment 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 wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 added inside your comfort equipment. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also has an added advantage for your HVAC system. It can help it run for a greater 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 improved 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 residence’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 cracked lips, among other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we perform 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 achieve this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your comfort system isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

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

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 816-379-3918 or contact us online. Our skilled 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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