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Why Your Residence's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re possibly spending more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are securely closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

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

There’s a combination of things you can do to better your air quality. Some include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is right for your home? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the best solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Before installing a better filter, reach us at 503-213-4433. Our experts can help you choose the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 installed on the inside of your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can deliver relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional perk for your comfort equipment. It could help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because 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 greatest outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence can help keep your household from getting sick when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to spread humidity when your comfort system isn’t running.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Three Rivers Heating & Cooling, we’re passionate about making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 503-213-4433 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any apprehension you may have with a pro 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.