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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re probably spending much more more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might lead to headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is best for your residence? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary 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 at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating correctly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 979-323-6130. Our experts can help you find the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 within your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit may deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC system. It could help it last longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among further cold weather irritations.

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

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Faust Air Conditioning and Heating, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we come to your house.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 979-323-6130 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you could have with a pro visiting your residence now.

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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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