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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular calendar 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 crucial than ever.

Did you know we can add indoor air quality products in your residence that provide 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 can be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are many of elements 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 actions 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 system 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 ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise buying no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy consumption*.

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.

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system running smoothly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, reach us at 510-343-9841. Our experts can help you find the most ideal solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of 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, such as ones that lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit 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 can help it last longer and operate more efficiently, since 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 best outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your house may help keep your household in good health when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

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

You can reach this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally 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 heating system isn’t running.

Depend on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Contra Costa Heating & AC, we’re passionate about making your home more relaxing. 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 support. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your house.

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