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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re possibly 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 residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s houses are securely closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, 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 days inside.

There are lots of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that affect your air, like 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 provide.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters air.

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

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

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

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

Ahead of buying a better filter, contact us at 630-570-0252. 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 taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 installed within your comfort unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also offers an additional perk for your heating and cooling system. It might help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as 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 offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house can help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can accomplish this optimum range with 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 during the time your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company, we’re committed to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

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

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 630-570-0252 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you could have with a professional 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.

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