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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 feel good in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending much more more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s residences are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside 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 determined we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are lots of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is best for your home? Our skilled techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your household’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 consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters air.

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

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, since they’re usually 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 feel good knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® provides 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 kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system may give much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

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

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence might help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather irritations.

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

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

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide 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 wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 805-242-9638 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a professional 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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