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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might 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 might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are lots of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which option is best for your home? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working properly.

In advance of installing a better filter, contact us at 570-244-2510. Our experts can help you find the right option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all types 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, such as ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your comfort unit. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit might offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added perk for your comfort system. It could help it work longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your home can help keep your family from getting sick in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity throughout your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t running.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Lycoming Heating Company, we’re committed to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 570-244-2510 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you might have with a professional coming to 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.

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