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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good 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 residence that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern homes are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

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

There’s a combination of actions you can take to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is best for your home? Our skilled technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine 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 family’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and most economical 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, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good 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 getting an upgraded filter, give us a call at 724-425-5852. Our experts can help you select the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides 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 taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including 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 HVAC system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit might deliver welcome relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional advantage for your comfort unit. It can help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as 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 provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home can help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally suggest 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 give optimum humidity across your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we visit your residence.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, 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.

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