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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical routine upside down.

When things 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 important than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are tightly closed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be dirtier 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 calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are a few steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some possibilities include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our expert techs can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then recommend the best solution for your home’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we sell.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers fresher 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.

Whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Before getting an upgraded filter, give us a call at 937-845-1111. Our professionals can help you select the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 inside your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment can provide much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional perk for your comfort unit. It may 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 recommend installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your house might help keep your family healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, among other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Jent Mechanical LLC, we’re committed to making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking added precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 937-845-1111 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any apprehension you could have with a technician coming to your house 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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