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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s houses are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may 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 might be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then recommend the best choice for your family’s unique needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we have.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest buying at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 336-853-6070. Our experts can help you find the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your comfort unit. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an added bonus for your comfort system. It might help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

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

You can achieve this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to spread humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t on.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At James Heating & A/C, Inc, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete 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 added precautions when we arrive at your home.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 336-853-6070 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you could have with a professional visiting your residence today.


*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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