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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular routine upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good 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 add indoor air quality products in your house 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 homes are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our expert techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the outcome, we can then recommend the best solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to discover 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 pollutants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter gives fresher air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark 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.

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

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 equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing 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, like ones that contribute 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 HVAC unit. Its powerful rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might give welcome relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional perk for your heating and cooling unit. It may help it run for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces 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 greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting 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 sure of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity while your heating system isn’t on.

Turn to the Professionals 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 options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

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

To find out more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 937-845-1111 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you could have with a professional coming to your residence 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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