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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

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

Were you aware we can add 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 closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be dirtier 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 determined we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

There are a few things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your residence? 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 off of 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 products 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 graded 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 gives fresher air while limiting energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, because they’re usually 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 pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working properly.

Before buying a better filter, give us a call at 605-206-3915. Our experts can help you find the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can get. 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 contribute 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 welcome relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

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

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your home can help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do 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 reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Street Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, 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 arriving at 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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