The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule into a jumble.
In uncertain times you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re likely spending more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.
Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your home that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Today’s houses are securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
There are many elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.
There’s a combination of things you can do to improve your air quality. Some include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which option is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable techs can do an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal option for your household’s distinct needs.
Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we offer.
When browsing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how successfully it filters contaminants.
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 a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.
We recommend buying no less than MERV 13, for example the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives cleaner air while reducing energy needs.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, as they’re typically in use in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.
In advance of getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 928-263-8570. Our pros can help you select the best match for your equipment.
Lennox offers some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful systems can take care of:
- 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit might offer relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.
This light also offers an added perk for your comfort system. It can help it last longer and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.
Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an enhanced 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 remove particles from your residence’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.
Getting correct humidity in your residence could help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.
If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t running.
Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements
At North Mechanical Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox air quality equipment, 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 health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your residence.
To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 928-263-8570 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you may have with a technician arriving at your home now.
*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.