Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending much more more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are lots of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are several actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some solutions include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which system is right for your house? Our skilled pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we provide.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

Ahead of installing an enhanced filter, give us a call at 561-533-6066 . Our professionals can help you select the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling 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 inside your heating and cooling unit. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can provide welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It can help it run longer and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house may help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system typically works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity throughout your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to move humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Smyth Air Conditioning Inc, we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 561-533-6066 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a professional arriving at your residence 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.