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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s residences are securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

There are several steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is best for your residence? Our expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then advise you on the most fitting solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we provide.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how successfully it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re typically 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 select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

Before buying a more powerful filter, reach us at 949-525-9119. Our pros can help you choose the best match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your HVAC system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment can deliver welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an additional perk for your HVAC unit. It might help it work for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house can help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating , we’re passionate about making your home more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 949-525-9119 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a professional 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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