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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you know we can put in indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s homes are securely closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can 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 has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

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

There are several things you can do to better your air quality. Some possibilities include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which option is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your family’s unique needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality equipment we offer.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses 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 scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter provides cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, because they’re usually installed in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 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 in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating properly.

Ahead of buying an upgraded filter, give us a call at 812-638-4232. Our experts can help you find the right match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 placed inside your comfort equipment. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment can deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional advantage for your HVAC unit. It could help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides 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 limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence could help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity throughout your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity while your HVAC unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Wallpe Heating & Cooling, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 812-638-4232 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you could have with a pro coming to 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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