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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, 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 indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which option is best for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter delivers clearer air while limiting energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment working properly.

In advance of installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 262-358-9468. Our pros can help you select the best match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 added on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional advantage for your HVAC system. It could help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as 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 optimal effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your home may help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your comfort unit isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 262-358-9468 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any concerns you may have with a tech arriving at 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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