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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending a lot more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern homes are firmly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could 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 might cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several actions you can take to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which system is right for your home? Our expert technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise buying no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit running smoothly.

In advance of installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 503-374-1934. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your comfort system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit may provide much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added advantage for your comfort equipment. It might help it work for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence might help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to move humidity during the time your comfort system isn’t operating.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Garoken Energy Co. Inc., we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 503-374-1934 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you might have with a pro coming to your house now.


*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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