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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are several actions 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 option is right for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the ideal option for your family’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality products 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 air.

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

We advise getting at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating smoothly.

In advance of getting an upgraded filter, give us a call at (616) 669-3961. Our professionals can help you choose the right option for your unit.

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 managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your comfort unit. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system may give much-needed relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an additional perk for your comfort equipment. It may help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house can help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity when your heating equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we’re committed to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we come to your house.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any apprehension you can have with a professional arriving at 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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