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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily routine upside down.

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

Were you aware we can put in indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These products can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern houses are tightly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

There’s a combination of things you can do to improve your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is a good fit for your house? Our expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your home’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality products we provide.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise buying at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

In advance of installing a more powerful filter, reach us at 308-646-3827. Our experts can help you select the most ideal match for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 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 placed on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can give much-needed relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional advantage for your heating and cooling unit. It could help it run longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence could help keep your household in good health during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your home.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 308-646-3827 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you may have with a pro arriving at your residence 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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