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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular calendar upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Modern residences are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are lots of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are several things you can do to better your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is best for your residence? Our skilled 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 the results, we can then recommend the most fitting option for your home’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we have.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters contaminants.

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

We recommend getting no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers fresher air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system running smoothly.

Ahead of installing a better filter, contact us at 956-630-3522. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds 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 lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your comfort unit. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment might offer much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It can help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an upgraded 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 catch particles in your home’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your home can help keep your family in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity when your HVAC system isn’t running.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Cytech Heating & Cooling, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 956-630-3522 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you may have with a technician coming to 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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