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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending much more more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you know 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 firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are many of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is right for your house? Our skilled professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the best option for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend buying at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working correctly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, contact us at 507-387-6596. Our professionals can help you select the right solution 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 provide hospital-grade filtration while handling 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, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed within your HVAC system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment might provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your comfort unit. It may help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining 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 home’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house might help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather bothers.

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

You can achieve this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t running.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Northern Comfort Inc, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, give us a call at 507-387-6596 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you could have with a professional coming to 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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