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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily calendar all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. 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 add indoor air quality products in your residence that deliver 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 airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

There’s a combination of actions you can take to enhance your air quality. Some options include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which system is a good fit for your home? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the best choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we offer.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise buying no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

Ahead of buying a better filter, reach us at 520-201-3871. Our experts can help you find the right solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your heating and cooling unit. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment may deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra advantage for your heating and cooling unit. It could help it last for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your family from getting sick in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, amidst further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity while your comfort system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Ambient Air, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we visit your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 520-201-3871 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any worries you can have with a professional 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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