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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

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

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re probably 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 put in indoor air quality products in your home that provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date residences are tightly airtight, which is fantastic 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 in a building.

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

There’s a combination of steps 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 skilled professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then recommend the best choice for your home’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters pollutants.

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

We advise upgrading to at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter gives 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, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system running correctly.

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 most advanced air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your heating and cooling 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 are in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra advantage for your comfort system. It can help it run for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing 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 catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence could help keep your household in good health when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity percentage 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 around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to move humidity while your comfort unit isn’t on.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At James Heating & A/C, Inc, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs 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 technician visiting 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.

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