The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule into a jumble.
When things feel uncertain you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.
Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your house that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Today’s homes are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem since we spend about 90% of our days inside.
There are many elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.
There are several things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Not certain which solution is best for your home? Our expert pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the best solution for your family’s distinctive needs.
Keep reading to find out more about the air quality products we provide.
When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters pollutants.
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 somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.
We advise buying at minimum MERV 13, for instance the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the optimal outcome. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy needs.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, as they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Ahead of buying a better filter, contact us at 641-628-3621. Our experts can help you choose the best option for your unit.
Lennox provides some of the best air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful units 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 placed within your comfort unit. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit might give relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.
This light also provides an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It might help it last for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.
Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your comfort unit’s airflow.
Having correct humidity in your home may help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather bothers.
If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can reach this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to move humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t on.
Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities
At Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating, we’re dedicated to making your house 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 only your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.
To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 641-628-3621 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any concerns you can have with a pro coming to your residence at this time.
*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.