Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you realize we can put in indoor air quality products in your house that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

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

Not sure which system is best for your house? Our knowledgeable techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest installing no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

In advance of buying a better filter, reach us at 850-250-0335. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories 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 cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may give welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added bonus for your HVAC system. It can help it work for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones in good health during the winter. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

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

You can achieve this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Gordon Air Conditioning, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 850-250-0335 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you can have with a pro visiting 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.