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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

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

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

Modern residences are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are lots of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your residence? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal option for your household’s unique needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, because 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.

Whichever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

In advance of installing a better filter, give us a call at 732-806-5536. Our experts can help you select the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 comfort system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system might offer much-needed relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional perk for your comfort unit. It might help it last for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity across your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Aggressive Mechanical, we’re dedicated to making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 732-806-5536 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any worries you may have with a pro arriving at your house 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.