Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

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

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

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

There’s a combination of things you can do to better your air quality. Some possibilities include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we have.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy needs*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Ahead of buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 478-202-3076. Our professionals can help you choose the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit could deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC unit. It could help it work for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your house might help keep your family in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your heating system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Gillman Heating and Air, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 478-202-3076 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you may have with a pro visiting 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.