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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s homes are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are lots of elements that can cause 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 a good fit for your home? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your home’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to look at 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 system. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

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

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re usually used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like 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 pros can help you find the right option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification equipment 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 eliminate:

  • 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 on the inside of your heating and cooling unit. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit can offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra perk for your heating and cooling 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 limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your home may help keep your family in good health when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t running.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking extra 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 skilled staff can also handle any apprehension you could have with a technician coming to your home today.

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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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