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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s homes are securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are several 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 right for your residence? Our expert technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting option for your home’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise getting no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, because they’re frequently used in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment working properly.

Ahead of buying an upgraded filter, contact us at 724-370-0141. Our experts can help you choose the most ideal solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment 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 within your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment can provide much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an extra advantage for your comfort system. It may help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This system typically works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to move humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we’re committed to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

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

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 724-370-0141 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a tech coming to your house 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.

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