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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending lots more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are firmly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may 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, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your home? Our expert pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest installing at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter provides cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment running correctly.

Ahead of buying a better filter, give us a call at 805-242-9638. Our pros can help you find the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your comfort unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may give much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your HVAC equipment. It might help it work longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your house might help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your residence comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

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

To find out more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 805-242-9638 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you could have with a technician visiting your residence at this time.

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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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