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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending much more more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern houses are tightly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are a lot of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are a few steps you can take to better your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is a good fit for your house? Our skilled professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your home’s unique needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality products we provide.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters air.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest installing no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating properly.

Ahead of buying an enhanced filter, reach us at 641-753-3563. Our experts can help you find the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 installed inside your comfort unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could give welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an added advantage for your comfort unit. It might help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without restricting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

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

You can reach this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Kapaun & Brown Inc., we’re passionate about making your home more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

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 we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 641-753-3563 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you might have with a technician arriving at your house 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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