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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical schedule all over the place.

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

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your home that provide hospital-grade filtration? These options 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 home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

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

Not certain which solution is best for your house? Our expert techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your household’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully 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, 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 delivers fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

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

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

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer 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 added on the inside of your comfort system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit may offer much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an extra perk for your HVAC system. It could help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, as 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 the greatest outcome. This filter delivers 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 comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home could help keep your family in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

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

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Brogan Heating & AC Inc, we’re committed to making your house 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 only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being 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, reach us at 507-218-0088 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a tech arriving at your residence 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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