Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar into a jumble.

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

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

Today’s residences are firmly sealed, which is great 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 inferior than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are a lot of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your family’s unique needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters contaminants.

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

We advise installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the best in air filtration, as they’re typically in use at 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 fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating smoothly.

Ahead of buying an upgraded filter, reach us at 570-244-2510. Our professionals can help you find the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed within your comfort system. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system could give much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It might help it work for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an improved 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 remove particles from your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your home may help keep your loved ones healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Lycoming Heating Company, we’re passionate about making your residence comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 570-244-2510 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you might have with a professional arriving at 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.