The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule into a jumble.
When things feel uncertain you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.
Did you realize we can install indoor air quality products in your home that provide hospital-grade filtration? These solutions can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Up-to-date residences are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be problematic since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
There are many elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.
There’s a combination of actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which system is a good fit for your residence? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the ideal option for your home’s distinct needs.
Continue reading to discover more about the air quality products we offer.
When browsing air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters pollutants.
One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.
We suggest installing at minimum MERV 13, for example the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the optimal outcome. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy needs.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, as they’re usually used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.
In advance of buying a more powerful filter, give us a call at (770) 462-5319. Our pros can help you choose the right match for your system.
Lennox offers some of the best air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.
This powerful equipment can take care of:
- 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that lead to strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is installed within your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit could deliver relief. Especially if you live in a humid climate where bacteria and mold thrive.
This light also has an added perk for your heating and cooling unit. It may help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.
Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It does all of this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.
Getting even humidity in your house could help keep your household healthy when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.
If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically functions with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t running.
Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements
At Covington Air Systems, we’re committed to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.
We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your house.
To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at (770) 462-5319 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you could have with a pro coming to your house at this time.
*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.