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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily schedule all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending lots more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Were you aware we can put in indoor air quality products in your house that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s homes are firmly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are lots of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to better your air quality. Some options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is right for your home? Our skilled professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the best option for your family’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, since they’re typically installed 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 take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

In advance of installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 561-287-7071. Our pros can help you select the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also provides an extra advantage for your comfort unit. It can help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home can help keep your household healthy when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity while your comfort system isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Kilbourne Heating & AC, we’re committed to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we come to your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 561-287-7071 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you can have with a pro visiting 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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