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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

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

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

Today’s residences are firmly airtight, which is fantastic 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 inferior than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

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

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

Not sure which option is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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 a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the gold standard in air filtration, since they’re typically in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including 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 correctly.

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

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your heating and cooling system. Its strong 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 grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional bonus for your HVAC system. It could help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts 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 outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your home can help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, amidst further 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 changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally works with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included 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 options, which are the most complete solution on the market.

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

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 262-358-9468 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer 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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