Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

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

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re possibly spending much more more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are tightly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may lead to issues, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are lots of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several things you can do to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is best for your residence? Our skilled professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then advise you on the best solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we sell.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating properly.

In advance of getting an upgraded filter, contact us at 641-628-3621. Our professionals can help you find the best solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 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 much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a humid climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an extra bonus for your comfort unit. It may help it last for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components 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 outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones from getting sick in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your heating equipment isn’t on.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 641-628-3621 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you may have with a tech arriving at your home 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.