The global spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily calendar into a jumble.
In uncertain times you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.
Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These options can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Today’s residences are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might cause a problem since we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.
There are many things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.
There are a few actions you can take to enhance your air quality. Some include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which solution is best for your house? Our expert professionals can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your family’s unique needs.
Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we provide.
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 somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.
We recommend getting no less than MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter delivers clearer air while limiting energy use.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, since they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Ahead of installing an upgraded filter, contact us at 276-302-0076. Our pros can help you find the best match for your equipment.
Lennox has some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.
This powerful equipment can eliminate:
- 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that lead to strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is added within your heating and cooling unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment may offer relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.
This light also offers an extra perk for your HVAC equipment. It can help it last for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components 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 delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your HVAC system’s airflow.
Getting even humidity in your residence might help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.
If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t running.
Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities
At HCE Systems, we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox air quality options, which are the most complete solution on the market.
We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the health of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we arrive at your home.
To learn more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 276-302-0076 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any apprehension you could have with a technician coming to your residence at this time.
*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.