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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily calendar all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you realize we can install indoor air quality products in your home that deliver 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 closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

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

There are several actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then suggest the best solution for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters air.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

In advance of buying a better filter, contact us at 662-281-1231. Our experts can help you select the right option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver 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, like ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your HVAC unit. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit might give much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your comfort unit. It can help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to move humidity when your HVAC system isn’t on.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we’re passionate about making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 662-281-1231 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any apprehension you may have with a professional visiting your residence at this time.

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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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