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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily calendar all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending lots more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s houses are securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

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

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

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the best solution for your household’s unique needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we offer.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters air.

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

We recommend installing at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit running correctly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, contact us at 630-833-1100. Our pros can help you find the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed within your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can offer much-needed relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional perk for your comfort system. It can help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence may help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with 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 a built-in fan to move humidity while your heating equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc., we’re dedicated to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 630-833-1100 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any concerns you might 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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