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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular calendar upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. 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 residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are firmly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the best option for your home’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters contaminants.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 478-202-3076. Our experts can help you select the best solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 within your comfort equipment. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit might offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an extra perk for your comfort unit. It can help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence can help keep your household healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

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

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to move humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t operating.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Gillman Heating and Air, we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. 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 equipment, get in touch with us at 478-202-3076 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a technician arriving at your house 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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