Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule into a jumble.

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

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

Today’s residences are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are lots of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might cause headaches and irritate 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.

Unsure which option is best for your house? Our skilled professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the most fitting choice for your home’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Before getting a better filter, reach us at 724-370-0141. Our pros can help you select the most ideal option for your equipment.

Air Purification

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.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your comfort equipment. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system may offer welcome relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It may help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your home can help keep your family from getting sick in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your comfort system isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality solution, reach us at 724-370-0141 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you might have with a tech coming to your home at this time.

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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.