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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

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

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you know we can install 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).

Today’s houses are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are a lot of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is right for your residence? Our expert pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the best solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded 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 gives clearer air while lowering energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re usually installed in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 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 buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

In advance of getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 301-363-4699. Our pros can help you select the right match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification units 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, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that lead 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 strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit 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 comfort unit. It may help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces 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 trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your house may help keep your household in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

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 pros usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal 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 equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your heating equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 301-363-4699 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any worries you might 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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