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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

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

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots more time there today. As a result, 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 eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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

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

There’s a combination of actions you can take to better your air quality. Some possibilities 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 do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest 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 lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, because they’re usually used 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 comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system working properly.

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

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 wipe out:

  • 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 heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit could deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an additional perk for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it run longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers 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 unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, among added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes 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 unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity across your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity while your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

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

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 912-208-2470 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any worries you might have with a technician visiting your house 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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