Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar upside down.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

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

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

Not certain which system is a good fit for your house? Our skilled professionals can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the best solution for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to discover 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 pollutants.

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 the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the gold standard in air filtration, because they’re frequently used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 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 checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units 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 contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your comfort unit. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

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

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting 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 cracked lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

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

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Honke Heating & AC, we’re committed to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide 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 family. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 503-663-8033 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you might have with a tech arriving at your home 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.