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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

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

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending lots more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you know 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).

Today’s homes are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be dirtier 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 problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are lots of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is right for your residence? Our expert techs can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then advise you on the best option for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives fresher air while lowering energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, as they’re usually used 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 take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating properly.

Before buying a more powerful filter, give us a call at 800-COOLING. Our experts can help you find the right option for your unit.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 added within your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could provide welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house may help keep your household in good health when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, among further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating system isn’t on.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 800-COOLING or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you may have with a professional coming to your home at this time.

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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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