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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are firmly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some solutions include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is right for your residence? Our expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we sell.

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest getting at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy needs*.

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

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

Ahead of buying a more powerful filter, reach us at 601-292-9763. Our pros can help you select the best solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed within your heating and cooling system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an added bonus for your HVAC equipment. It can help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since 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 results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your house could help keep your loved ones healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity when your comfort system isn’t operating.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your residence comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we visit your home.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 601-292-9763 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any apprehension you might have with a tech coming to your home 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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