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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending much more more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are firmly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is right for your house? Our skilled pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then recommend the best solution for your household’s unique needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we offer.

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, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating correctly.

Before installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 715-301-0256. Our professionals can help you find the best solution for your unit.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can eliminate:

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

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system might offer much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an added bonus for your comfort equipment. It might help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components 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 the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity across your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, we’re committed to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your residence.

To discover more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 715-301-0256 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a technician visiting your house 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.

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