Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical routine into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are firmly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are lots of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which system is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then advise you on the best solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality products we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters pollutants.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment working smoothly.

Before getting a better filter, contact us at 662-281-1231. Our experts can help you select the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your HVAC unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also offers an additional perk for your comfort system. It could help it run longer and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts 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 greatest effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your home may help keep your family healthy when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to spread humidity when your heating system isn’t running.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 662-281-1231 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you may have with a technician arriving at your home 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.