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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

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

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

Up-to-date houses are firmly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are many of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend getting at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re frequently used 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 pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment working smoothly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, contact us at 770-450-1539. Our experts can help you choose the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification equipment you can buy. 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 wipe out:

  • 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 added on the inside of your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment can give much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added bonus for your heating and cooling unit. It might help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using 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 in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence may help keep your household healthy when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At ACS Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your residence 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 only your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 770-450-1539 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any worries you might have with a professional arriving at 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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