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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s residences are securely closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might 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 can be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which solution is a good fit for your home? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess 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 discover more about the air quality solutions we provide.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters pollutants.

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 a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers clearer air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the best 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.

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

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

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 added on the inside of 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 an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your comfort equipment. It can help it run longer and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest 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 decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence may help keep your household from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware 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 reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to move humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

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

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 319-208-3295 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a professional visiting your home at this time.


*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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