Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re likely 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 add 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 houses are tightly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

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

Unsure which system is best for your home? Our skilled technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your home’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat 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 fresher air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the best in air filtration, because 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 take comfort in 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, contact us at 515-344-3579. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal solution for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units 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 heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could provide much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added bonus for your heating and cooling system. It may help it last for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your home may help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

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

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to move humidity when your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Heartland Heating & Cooling, we’re committed to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

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

To find out more about our air quality solution, reach us at 515-344-3579 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any worries you may have with a professional visiting your house 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.