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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern houses are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might 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 be troublesome, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we sell.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating correctly.

Before installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 803-220-0761. Our experts can help you choose the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might offer much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an extra bonus for your comfort equipment. It can help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your household in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t running.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At US Air Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 803-220-0761 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you can have with a technician arriving at your residence 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.

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