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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

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

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

Up-to-date homes are firmly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might 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 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.

Not certain which option is right for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal option for your home’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most common and least expensive 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 suggest getting at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating smoothly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of 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, including ones that cause 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 suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

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 advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence can help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

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 off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity when your heating unit 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 provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

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