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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending lots more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are securely airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are lots of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is right for your home? Our skilled technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting option for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we sell.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, since they’re frequently in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Before installing an enhanced filter, give us a call at 402-318-5351. Our experts can help you select the right match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional advantage for your comfort system. It may help it work longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence can help keep your household in good health in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity while your heating unit isn’t running.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At AW Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

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

To learn more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 402-318-5351 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you might have with a technician 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.

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