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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily schedule into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s houses are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our expert pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your household’s unique needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality products we provide.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how successfully it filters air.

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while limiting energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system running properly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 702-623-0579. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 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 heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might offer much-needed relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC unit. It could help it last for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces 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 delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

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

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Polar Air & Heating, Inc., we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we come to your house.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, get in touch with us at 702-623-0579 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any worries you might have with a technician arriving at 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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