Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending lots more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you realize 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).

Today’s residences are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s 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 cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is best for your home? Our knowledgeable professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we have.

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest installing at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best 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 typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whichever filter you pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment working correctly.

In advance of installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 208-621-0129. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that contribute 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 equipment. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It might help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining 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 plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity while your heating unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Vogts Heating & Air, we’re dedicated to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we visit your residence.

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 208-621-0129 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any worries you can 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.