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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule into a jumble.

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

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

Today’s residences are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are a lot of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of steps you can take to enhance 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 house? Our skilled techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then advise you on the most fitting choice for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we offer.

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend upgrading to at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Ahead of getting a more powerful filter, reach us at 507-218-0088. Our pros can help you choose the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 inside your comfort system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system may offer much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra perk for your HVAC system. It could help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home could help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware 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 on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to circulate humidity when your heating unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Brogan Heating & AC Inc, we’re dedicated to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we visit your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 507-218-0088 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you could have with a tech coming to your house 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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