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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar into a jumble.

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

Did you know we can add 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).

Today’s homes are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, 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 lots of factors 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 better your air quality. Some possibilities include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is right for your residence? 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 off of our findings, we can then recommend the best solution for your household’s unique needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality products we provide.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.

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

We suggest upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment working correctly.

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

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 categories 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, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can offer much-desired relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It might help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house could help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

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

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

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

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

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit 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 friendly staff can also address any worries you might have with a professional visiting your residence 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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