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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern houses are securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air might be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These may create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is right for your home? Our skilled techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your household’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how efficiently it filters air.

One of the most ordinary and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives clearer air while limiting energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

Ahead of installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 912-208-2470. Our experts can help you choose the right option for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 installed on the inside of your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit could deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional perk for your comfort unit. It could help it work longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without restricting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your house could help keep your household healthy when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, among further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity around your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity while your heating unit isn’t operating.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we come to your house.

To learn more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 912-208-2470 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you could have with a professional visiting your residence 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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