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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

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

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s residences are securely closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may 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 may be problematic, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

There are lots of elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is best for your home? Our expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then advise you on the best solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

In advance of getting an enhanced filter, contact us at 205-208-8090. Our professionals can help you select the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your HVAC unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment might deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It can help it work for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house can help keep your loved ones healthy in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity when your comfort system isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At KDM Service Corporation, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 205-208-8090 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any concerns you could have with a technician coming to your home today.

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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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