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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar upside down.

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

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s houses are tightly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time inside.

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

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

Unsure which system is best for your house? Our expert professionals can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the best solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we have.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise installing at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system running properly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 503-663-8033. Our pros can help you choose the right match for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system might offer much-needed relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an extra advantage for your HVAC equipment. It could help it work for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home might help keep your loved ones healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

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

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with 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, have an included fan to circulate humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Honke Heating & AC, we’re dedicated to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we come to your house.

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 503-663-8033 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you might have with a tech coming to your home 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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