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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial 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 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 be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are a lot of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might 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 improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is a good fit for your house? Our skilled techs can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details 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 distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we sell.

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment working properly.

Before installing an enhanced filter, contact us at 803-220-0761. Our pros can help you select the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest 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 eliminate:

  • 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 placed on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra advantage for your heating and cooling unit. It might help it last longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components 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 effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, dry 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 pros generally advise 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 across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your comfort unit isn’t running.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At US Air Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To discover 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 coming to your house 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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