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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical routine all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending lots more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your home 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 houses are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the ideal choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we offer.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters air.

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

Before buying an upgraded filter, reach us at 469-213-8367. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your comfort equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment could deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added bonus for your HVAC unit. It can help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining 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 combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house might help keep your household in good health when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your heating unit isn’t on.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Tri County Air Care LLC, we’re dedicated to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 469-213-8367 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you may have with a technician coming to your residence now.

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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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