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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re probably spending a lot more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can put in indoor air quality products in your house that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s residences are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could 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 enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is best for your residence? Our skilled technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we provide.

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy needs*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Ahead of installing a better filter, contact us at 847-362-0262. Our experts can help you find the best match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment can deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an extra advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It might help it work for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence might help keep your household in good health during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to other cold weather bothers.

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

You can accomplish this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity throughout your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to spread humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t on.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, we’re passionate about making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

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

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 847-362-0262 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a professional visiting your home at this time.

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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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