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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of things you can do to better your air quality. Some options include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is best for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we offer.

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 air.

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re frequently used 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 choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating properly.

In advance of getting a more powerful filter, reach us at 601-736-7362. Our pros can help you choose the right match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification systems you can get. 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 wipe out:

  • 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 unit. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit may offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your comfort system. It can help it last longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence could help keep your family healthy when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity while your heating unit isn’t on.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your house more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we arrive at your house.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 601-736-7362 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a pro visiting 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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