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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending lots more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are firmly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may lead to issues, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are a lot of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is best for your house? Our knowledgeable professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your family’s distinct needs.

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

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 air.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers fresher air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

Before getting a better filter, give us a call at 605-206-3915. Our experts can help you find the best match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit could provide much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional perk for your comfort equipment. It may help it work longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your home can help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity throughout your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Street Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive 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 household. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your house.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 605-206-3915 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension you can have with a tech coming to 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.

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