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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international 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 possibly spending much more more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you realize we can add indoor air quality products in your residence 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 might be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

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

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

Unsure which option is a good fit for your residence? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality products we offer.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average 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 suggest buying at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the gold standard in air filtration, since they’re usually used 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 rest easy knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

In advance of installing a more powerful filter, contact us at 308-646-3827. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of 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, including ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional advantage for your comfort unit. It could help it work longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts 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 greatest results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones from getting sick 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 experts 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 give optimum humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity while your heating unit isn’t on.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

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 additional precautions when we come to your home.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 308-646-3827 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you may have with a pro coming to 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.

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