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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical routine all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s houses are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are lots of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which system is right for your house? Our knowledgeable professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the most fitting option for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters air.

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides cleaner air while limiting energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re frequently 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 select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Before buying a more powerful filter, give us a call at 361-247-0605. Our professionals can help you choose the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 on the inside of your comfort system. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It might help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence might help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity while your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At McNatt Inc, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we arrive at your home.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 361-247-0605 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you might have with a tech visiting your home 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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