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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern houses are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may 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 might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are lots of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is right for your house? Our skilled techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the best choice for your household’s unique needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality products we offer.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives fresher air while limiting energy needs*.

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

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

In advance of getting an upgraded filter, give us a call at 541-286-6602. Our experts can help you select the most ideal solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment may offer much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra perk for your heating and cooling unit. It could help it work for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house might help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

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

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity while your heating equipment isn’t running.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Stan's Heating, Inc , we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 541-286-6602 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you could have with a professional arriving at 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.

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