Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily calendar into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending much more more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are many of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some possibilities include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is right for your residence? Our skilled professionals can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters air.

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

We recommend buying no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit running smoothly.

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 715-301-0256. Our professionals can help you select the right option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that cause 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 unit. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might provide much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your comfort equipment. It could help it work for a greater 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 improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home could help keep your family from getting sick in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather annoyances.

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

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your heating unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, we’re passionate about making your home more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we come to your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 715-301-0256 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any apprehension you may have with a professional arriving at your residence today.

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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.