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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical routine into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly 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 house that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date homes are firmly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

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

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

Not certain which system is best for your residence? 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 advise you on the ideal choice for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest 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 best in air filtration, since they’re usually installed 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 take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating correctly.

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, reach us at 704-233-7363. Our pros can help you select the best match for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 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 added inside your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an added perk for your HVAC equipment. It can help it run longer and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces 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 delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

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

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

You can reach this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system typically functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to circulate humidity when your heating equipment isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

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

To discover more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 704-233-7363 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you might have with a professional visiting your home today.

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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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