Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending more time there now. 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 residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern houses are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is best for your house? Our knowledgeable professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the best choice for your home’s unique needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we have.

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters air.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Ahead of buying a more powerful filter, contact us at 601-292-9763. Our pros can help you find the right option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment 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 placed on the inside of your comfort system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment may deliver relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It might help it run longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your home might help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather annoyances.

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

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t operating.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 601-292-9763 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any worries you may have with a professional 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.