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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re possibly spending much more more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s homes are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior 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 elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are a few steps you can take to better your air quality. Some options include enhanced 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 conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the best choice for your family’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and lowest priced 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 upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating properly.

In advance of getting a better filter, reach us at 507-307-4818. Our professionals can help you choose the right match 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 provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

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

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence might help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we perform 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 ideal range with 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 while your HVAC system isn’t running.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

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 come to your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, give us a call at 507-307-4818 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any worries you might have with a technician 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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