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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s homes are tightly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time inside.

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

There’s a combination of steps you can take to improve your air quality. Some solutions include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we offer.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise buying no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system running smoothly.

Ahead of getting an enhanced filter, reach us at 510-343-9841. Our pros can help you find the most ideal match for your unit.

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 managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system might give welcome relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional bonus for your HVAC unit. It might help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your residence may help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

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

You can reach this optimum range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to move humidity when your comfort system isn’t running.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Contra Costa Heating & AC, we’re passionate about making your home comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality products, reach us at 510-343-9841 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you may have with a pro visiting your house today.


*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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