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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

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

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

Did you know we can add indoor air quality products in your house 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 residences are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

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

Unsure which solution is right for your residence? Our knowledgeable professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then suggest 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 gauges how successfully it filters air.

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. 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 the most ideal effect. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, as 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.

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Before getting 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 greatest air purification units you can get. 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 take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system could offer welcome relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an additional bonus for your comfort unit. It might help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing 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 in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house might help keep your household from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually 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 unit isn’t on.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At McNatt Inc, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we come to your home.

To find out more about our air quality solution, reach us at 361-247-0605 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you could 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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