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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you realize we can add 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).

Modern houses are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are several things you can do to better your air quality. Some solutions include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which system is right for your residence? Our expert professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters contaminants.

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

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating smoothly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, contact us at 239-244-3439. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like 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 heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system could give much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional bonus for your comfort unit. It could help it work for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your home could help keep your family from getting sick during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Speedy Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about 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 merely your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we visit your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 239-244-3439 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you can have with a technician visiting 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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