Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule into a jumble.

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

Did you realize we can put in indoor air quality products in your home that deliver 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 great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

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

There are several things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which option is a good fit for your residence? Our skilled techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the best option for your home’s unique needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we sell.

 

Air Filtration

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

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, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Before getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 805-203-8667. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 on the inside of your heating and cooling equipment. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system could offer much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added bonus for your comfort system. It could help it work for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an upgraded 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 home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your home might help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity while your HVAC system isn’t on.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Paso Robles Heating and Air, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

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

To learn more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 805-203-8667 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you could have with a professional visiting your house 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.