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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern homes are firmly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are many of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is right for your house? Our skilled techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

Before buying a more powerful filter, contact us at 224-699-9229. Our pros can help you choose the best option for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 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 added inside your HVAC equipment. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could give much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It can help it work longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence might help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution on the market.

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

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 224-699-9229 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you might have with a pro arriving at 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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