Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

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

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your house that provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date houses are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our expert techs can do an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the best option for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Ahead of getting a more powerful filter, reach us at 816-379-3918. Our pros can help you choose the best match for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your comfort system. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can give relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It can help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence may help keep your household from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your comfort unit isn’t running.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, reach us at 816-379-3918 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you may have with a technician arriving at your home now.

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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.