Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are many elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which system is best for your house? Our skilled techs can do an indoor air quality audit. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most average and lowest priced 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 installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter provides cleaner air while limiting energy needs*.

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

Ahead of buying a more powerful filter, contact us at 662-269-8716. Our pros can help you find the best match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added within your HVAC equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can deliver relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra perk for your HVAC system. It could help it run longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using 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 does all of this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house can help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity during the time your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 662-269-8716 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a professional coming to your residence 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.