Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular routine into a jumble.

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

Did you know we can put in indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These products can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern residences are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

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

Unsure which option is a good fit for your house? Our skilled pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the ideal choice for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.

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

We suggest getting no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

In advance of getting a better filter, reach us at 601-736-7362. Our professionals can help you select the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like 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 equipment. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It could help it work longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house can help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather irritations.

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

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Watts Electric & A/C Inc, we’re dedicated to making your home 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 support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 601-736-7362 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a technician arriving at 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.