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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular calendar upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s homes are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This could be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are a few steps you can take to better your air quality. Some solutions include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which solution is right for your home? Our expert techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest buying no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

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

Ahead of installing a more powerful filter, contact us at 361-265-4371. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 placed on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit might give much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an added perk for your HVAC equipment. It can help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house may help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity when your heating system isn’t on.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Rescue Heating & Air , we’re dedicated to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we come to your home.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 361-265-4371 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you could have with a tech coming to your home 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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