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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are a lot of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters air.

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, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter provides cleaner air while reducing energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, since they’re frequently used in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system working properly.

Ahead of installing an upgraded filter, contact us at 715-352-4052. Our experts can help you find the right option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide 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, including ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your heating and cooling system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment may give welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added bonus for your heating and cooling unit. It could help it work longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence could help keep your household from getting sick when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity while your comfort system isn’t on.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Halverson Brothers Inc, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we visit your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 715-352-4052 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any concerns you can have with a tech 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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