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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular routine into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re possibly spending lots more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are tightly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which system is right for your residence? Our skilled pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your household’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we provide.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system running smoothly.

In advance of buying a better filter, reach us at 540-369-3971. Our pros can help you select the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit may offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional perk for your heating and cooling system. It could help it run longer and run more efficiently, since 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 best outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence could help keep your household from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Dave's Diversified Services, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we arrive at your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, give us a call at 540-369-3971 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you may have with a technician arriving at 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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