Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

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

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re probably spending more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern houses are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many things that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is right for your home? Our expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the results, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we provide.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, as they’re frequently used in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Ahead of getting a better filter, give us a call at 805-242-9638. Our professionals can help you choose the best match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers 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 managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

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

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit could deliver relief. Especially if you live in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It may help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your home might help keep your household in good health during the winter. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 805-242-9638 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any worries you may have with a pro visiting your residence 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.