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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending much more more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s homes are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are many of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is right for your residence? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your home’s unique needs.

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

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 average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter delivers clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re usually used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system running properly.

In advance of installing a more powerful filter, reach us at 503-389-5307. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment might provide much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an extra perk for your comfort equipment. It may help it last longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence can help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t running.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Central Air Inc, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we visit your residence.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 503-389-5307 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a professional arriving at your residence 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.

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