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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar into a jumble.

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

Were you aware we can put in indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern residences are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are many of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are a few actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is a good fit for your home? Our skilled technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the most fitting choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, as they’re usually installed in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment running smoothly.

Before installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 515-344-3579. Our professionals can help you choose the best solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 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 on the inside of your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could give welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an extra bonus for your comfort system. It may help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your home can help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This system typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity when your HVAC system isn’t on.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Heartland Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we arrive at your home.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 515-344-3579 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you may have with a technician visiting your residence now.

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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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