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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

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

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. 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 put in indoor air quality products in your residence 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 firmly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are lots of factors 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 steps you can take to better 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 house? Our knowledgeable techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the best choice for your home’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we offer.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters contaminants.

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

We advise buying at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers clearer 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, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully 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 solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of 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, such as ones that cause 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 penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system may offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an extra perk for your comfort system. It might help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides 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 in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather bothers.

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

You can reach this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to circulate humidity when your heating system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Air-Right Energy Design, Inc., we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, 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 household. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we visit your house.

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 technician arriving at your house 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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