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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. That’s why 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 deliver hospital-grade filtration? These products 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 home’s air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are lots of elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of things you can do to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is best for your home? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the best option for your family’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters contaminants.

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

We recommend buying no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system running properly.

Before buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 319-208-3295. Our experts can help you select the right option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could offer much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional bonus for your heating and cooling unit. It can help it run longer and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces 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 the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

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

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to spread humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Ilten's Incorporated, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

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

To discover more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 319-208-3295 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you might have with a professional visiting your home 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.

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