The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular calendar all over the place.
When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re probably spending more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.
Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Modern houses are securely closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could lead to issues, since we spend about 90% of our time in a building.
There are many things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.
There are several steps you can take to better your air quality. Some include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which solution is best for your home? Our expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the best choice for your home’s distinct needs.
Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we offer.
When looking at air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters contaminants.
One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.
We suggest buying at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while reducing energy needs*.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re usually used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Before buying a better filter, give us a call at 512-937-2001. Our professionals can help you find the best match for your system.
Lennox® has some of the best air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful units can wipe out:
- 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that contribute to 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 struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit can deliver relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.
This light also provides an additional perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It may help it run longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.
Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.
Acquiring correct humidity in your residence might help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, among other cold weather bothers.
If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can accomplish this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t on.
Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements
At Miller Climate Control LLC, we’re dedicated to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.
We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we arrive at your residence.
To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 512-937-2001 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any worries you may have with a professional arriving at your home at this time.
*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.