The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily calendar upside down.
When times feel uncertain you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re likely spending more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.
Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These options can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Modern houses are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might cause a problem since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
There are many things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.
There are a few things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Not certain which system is right for your residence? Our expert pros can do an indoor air quality audit. Based upon our findings, we can then recommend the ideal option for your home’s distinct needs.
Continue reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we provide.
When browsing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.
One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.
We recommend installing no less than MERV 13, for example the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy needs.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re typically used in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Ahead of buying an upgraded filter, contact us at 641-812-2028. Our pros can help you select the right match for your equipment.
Lennox provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful systems can take care of:
- 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that cause strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is placed within your comfort unit. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could offer relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.
This light also provides an additional bonus for your comfort equipment. It could help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.
Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.
Having correct humidity in your home may help keep your household healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, among other cold weather annoyances.
If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t on.
Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements
At Kapaun & Brown, we’re passionate about making your home comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.
We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we visit your house.
To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 641-812-2028 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any apprehension you may have with a tech coming to your house 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.