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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your house that provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s homes are tightly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several steps you can take to better your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is right for your house? Our expert technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality products we provide.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise getting no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working properly.

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, contact us at 334-245-4748. Our professionals can help you find the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 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 installed inside your HVAC system. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could offer welcome relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added advantage for your heating and cooling system. It may help it last longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones in good health in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your comfort system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Farnell Mechanical, Inc., we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 334-245-4748 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you could have with a tech coming to your residence now.

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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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