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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical routine into a jumble.

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

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

Up-to-date residences are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are a lot of elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and exasperate 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.

Unsure which system is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects 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 distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses 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 a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise 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 usually in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

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

Ahead of installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 208-621-0129. Our pros can help you select the best option for your system.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 added inside your comfort equipment. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit may deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your heating and cooling unit. 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 improved 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 trap particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your house might help keep your household in good health during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, amidst added 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 typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

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 complete solution you can buy.

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

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 208-621-0129 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any apprehension you can have with a professional visiting 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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