Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

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

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s homes are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are lots of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which system is best for your house? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment working properly.

In advance of buying an upgraded filter, contact us at 704-233-7363. Our pros can help you select the most ideal solution for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added perk for your HVAC unit. It might help it run longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity when your heating unit isn’t operating.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Hopper Heating and Air, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 704-233-7363 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any worries you might have with a professional visiting your home now.

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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.