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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

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

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending much more 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 house that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, 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 in a building.

There are lots 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 several 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.

Unsure which system is right for your home? Our skilled pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 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 added inside your comfort system. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system might give much-needed relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an added perk for your HVAC unit. It might 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 combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence may help keep your household from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, among other cold weather annoyances.

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

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

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Rescue Heating & Air , we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we sell 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 wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your home.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 361-265-4371 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you might 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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