Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you realize 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 securely airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

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

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

Unsure which solution is right for your home? Our expert technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review 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 a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, as they’re typically 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 pick, 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 enhanced filter, reach us at 503-374-1934. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. 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 heating and cooling system. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit may provide much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your comfort equipment. It can help it run for a greater 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 the greatest 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 even humidity in your house might help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually suggest 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 deliver optimal humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated 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 dedicated 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 merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your house.

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 could have with a pro 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.