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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical schedule upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots 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 residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These products can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern residences are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be troublesome, 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, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are a few steps you can take to better 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 residence? Our expert pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then suggest the best option for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting no less than 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, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

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

Ahead of buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 541-286-6602. Our experts can help you select the best match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides 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 placed inside your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment may offer welcome 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 equipment. It could help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence might help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity percentage 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 with a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity while your heating unit isn’t running.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

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

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. 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, get in touch with us at 541-286-6602 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a professional arriving at your residence 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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