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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern houses are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time inside.

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

There are a few actions you can take to better your air quality. Some possibilities include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is best for your house? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your household’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we offer.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures 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 somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest installing no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

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

In advance of installing a better filter, reach us at 361-214-1203. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories 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 contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your heating and cooling equipment. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit might offer much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional bonus for your HVAC unit. It could help it run longer and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining 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 plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your home may help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC, we’re passionate about making your home more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 361-214-1203 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension you may have with a technician arriving at 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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