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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re possibly spending lots more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s residences are securely sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might lead to issues, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

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

Unsure which option is right for your house? Our skilled technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the most fitting solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we sell.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re frequently in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

Ahead of installing an upgraded filter, give us a call at 661-437-3499. Our pros can help you select the best match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units 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 added on the inside of your HVAC system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment could give much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added advantage for your HVAC system. It might help it run for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence may help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity during the time your heating system isn’t on.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’re passionate about making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we arrive at your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 661-437-3499 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you may have with a tech coming to your house 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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