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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are tightly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time inside.

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

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

Not sure which option is best for your home? Our skilled technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your home’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise installing at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, since they’re frequently used 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 feel good knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating smoothly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, reach us at 610-257-7035. Our experts can help you find the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that cause 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 may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an additional perk for your comfort equipment. It might help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we visit your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 610-257-7035 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any concerns you can have with a technician coming to your house 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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