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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical schedule into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending lots more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are lots of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is best for your residence? Our expert professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your household’s unique needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we have.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters contaminants.

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

We advise upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, because they’re frequently in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating smoothly.

Before installing an upgraded filter, give us a call at 979-335-4262. Our professionals can help you select the best option for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your HVAC system. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system may offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It might help it work longer and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house can help keep your loved ones in good health during the winter. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity during the time your heating system isn’t running.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At E.B. Air, LLC, we’re dedicated to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we visit your home.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 979-335-4262 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any worries you could have with a professional visiting your home 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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