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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending lots more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s homes are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

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

There are several steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some options include better 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 professionals can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several aspects that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we sell.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.

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

We recommend buying no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit working properly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, contact us at 814-308-0416. Our pros can help you select the best option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all categories 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, like ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed on the inside of your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit can provide much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra advantage for your comfort unit. It could help it work longer and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It does all of this without restricting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones from getting sick in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity throughout your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Patterson & Stirling Inc, we’re dedicated to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we visit your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, reach us at 814-308-0416 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you might have with a technician visiting your home 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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