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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule upside down.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. 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 deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern residences are securely closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are lots of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the best choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we provide.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters pollutants.

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

We advise buying at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter gives fresher air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment running smoothly.

In advance of buying a better filter, contact us at 703-260-1148. Our experts can help you find the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories 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, including ones that cause 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 penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

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

Our air quality engineers advise using 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 remove particles from your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home may help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your comfort system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Air-Right Energy Design, Inc., we’re committed to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we visit your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 703-260-1148 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you may have with a professional 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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