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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know 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).

Up-to-date residences are firmly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your residence? Our expert pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the best solution for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise getting no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, since they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating properly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 301-363-4699. Our experts can help you select the right solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 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 added within your heating and cooling equipment. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional perk for your heating and cooling unit. It may help it run for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At M & S Heating & Air LLC, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, reach us at 301-363-4699 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension you could have with a pro visiting your residence 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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