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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s houses are securely closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

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

There’s a combination of steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some possibilities include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is right for your residence? Our expert technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then advise you on the most fitting choice for your home’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality solutions 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 effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit working smoothly.

In advance of buying a better filter, reach us at 703-278-2036. Our pros can help you choose the best match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 heating and cooling unit. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also offers an added perk for your comfort system. It can help it work for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining 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 in addition to carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house might help keep your household from getting sick when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

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

You can achieve this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity when your heating unit isn’t on.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Woody's Sudden Service Inc, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 703-278-2036 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a pro coming to your house 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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