Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

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

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are lots of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of actions 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 a good fit for your home? Our expert technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then suggest the best option for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters air.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the gold standard in air filtration, as they’re typically 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 fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working correctly.

Ahead of getting an enhanced filter, give us a call at 724-425-5852. Our pros can help you select the right option for your system.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your HVAC system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system can deliver welcome relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional advantage for your heating and cooling unit. It might help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home may help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system generally works with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to move humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Knoechel Heating Company, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 724-425-5852 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you may have with a tech visiting 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.