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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your house 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 inside air can be more contaminated 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 days inside.

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

There are a few steps 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 expert techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your home’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

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

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, as they’re usually in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 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 checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system working correctly.

Before buying a more powerful filter, reach us at 224-699-9229. Our experts can help you select the best option 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.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 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 placed inside your HVAC equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could provide welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a humid climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional perk for your comfort equipment. It might help it run longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise 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 in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

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

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity when your heating 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 more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, 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 come to your house.

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