The international spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily routine all over the place.
When times feel uncertain you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re likely spending more time there now. As a result, 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 clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Today’s residences are securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could lead to issues since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
There are many elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.
There are several things you can do to improve your air quality. Some include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Not sure which option is a good fit for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can do an indoor air quality audit. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the best solution for your household’s unique needs.
Continue reading to find out more about the air quality products we provide.
When comparing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters air.
One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.
We recommend getting at minimum MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives fresher air while lowering energy use.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the gold standard in air filtration, because they’re frequently installed in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Ahead of getting an enhanced filter, contact us at 814-308-0416. Our professionals can help you find the best match for your unit.
Lennox offers some of the greatest air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful units can eliminate:
- 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that lead to strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is placed within your comfort unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might deliver relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.
This light also has an extra bonus for your heating and cooling unit. It could help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components 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 best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC unit’s airflow.
Acquiring correct humidity in your home may help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather annoyances.
If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to spread humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t operating.
Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
At Patterson & Stirling, we’re passionate about making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can buy.
We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your residence.
To find out more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 814-308-0416 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you can have with a professional visiting your residence now.
*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.