Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular routine into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re likely spending a lot 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 home that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s residences are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several steps you can take to better your air quality. Some solutions include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our expert technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the best choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we have.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise installing at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment working properly.

Ahead of buying a better filter, give us a call at (616) 669-3961. Our experts can help you choose the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that lead 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 heating and cooling system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system can offer much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added advantage for your comfort unit. It can help it run longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your home could help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your heating unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we’re passionate about making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you could have with a technician visiting your house at this time.

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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.