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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical routine all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re possibly spending lots more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can lead to issues, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are a few steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some possibilities include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your residence? Our knowledgeable techs can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we offer.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most average and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Ahead of buying a better filter, reach us at 302-231-1380. Our professionals can help you choose the best option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 placed within your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment could offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an extra bonus for your HVAC unit. It could help it work longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence may help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t running.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Schagrin Gas Company, we’re passionate about making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 302-231-1380 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any apprehension you can have with a pro visiting your residence 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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