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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

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

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

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

Modern homes are securely closed, which is fantastic 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 calculated we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

There are several 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.

Unsure which option is right for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

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 contaminants.

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

We recommend getting no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, reach us at 302-231-1380. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal option for your equipment.

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 taking care of all categories 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, 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 comfort system. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment could offer welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

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

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your house may help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest 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 give 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 comfort unit isn’t running.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Schagrin Gas Company, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, 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 techs are taking added precautions when we come to your house.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 302-231-1380 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable 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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