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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule upside down.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you realize we can put in indoor air quality products in your residence that provide 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 indoor air could be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are lots of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your home? Our skilled techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters air.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend installing at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

In advance of installing an upgraded filter, contact us at 877-389-2465. Our experts can help you find the best solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing 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, including ones that contribute 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 comfort system. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system might give welcome relief. Especially if you live in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your HVAC equipment. It may 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 advise using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your home might help keep your household in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity throughout your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to move humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we visit your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 877-389-2465 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any apprehension you can have with a professional 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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