Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re likely spending much more more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s houses are securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are lots of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to improve your air quality. Some options include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our skilled techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we provide.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters pollutants.

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

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

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

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 running correctly.

Before buying a better filter, give us a call at 319-208-3295. Our pros can help you choose the best match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

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

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment might deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

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

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded 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 fulfills this without restricting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your house can help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t running.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Ilten's Incorporated, we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we arrive at your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 319-208-3295 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you can have with a professional coming to 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.