Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern houses are securely sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might lead to issues, since we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is right for your home? Our expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your home’s unique needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters air.

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

We suggest installing at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 432-237-0168. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit may provide relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your heating and cooling system. It may help it work for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. 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 HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort system isn’t running.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we arrive at your house.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 432-237-0168 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you can have with a tech 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.