Why Your Residence's Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your home that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be worse than the air outside. In fact, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many things that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based upon the results, we can then recommend the ideal option for your family’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy needs*.

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

In advance of getting an enhanced filter, contact us at 479-308-8176. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest 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.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 added on the inside of your comfort unit. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system may offer relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an additional advantage for your comfort unit. It could help it run longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your home might help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Siloam Springs Heating & AC, we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we visit your residence.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 479-308-8176 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any apprehension you might have with a tech coming to your residence today.

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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.