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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

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 residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending lots more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

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

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

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your house? Our skilled professionals can do 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 distinct needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides fresher air while reducing 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 catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system working correctly.

Ahead of buying an enhanced filter, reach us at 641-628-3621. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest 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 unit. Its strong 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 are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an extra advantage for your comfort equipment. It may help it last for a greater period of time and operate 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 the greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

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 upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating, we’re committed to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide 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 sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 641-628-3621 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any apprehension you may have with a tech coming to your home today.


*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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