The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule into a jumble.
In uncertain times you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.
Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Today’s houses are firmly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can cause a problem since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
There are many elements that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might lead to headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.
There are a few actions you can take to better your air quality. Some include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Unsure which solution is right for your house? Our skilled pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. Based on the results, we can then advise you on the best choice for your family’s distinct needs.
Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we provide.
When browsing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters air.
One of the most average and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, graded between 8 and 12.
We recommend getting no less than MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the optimal results. This filter delivers clearer air while reducing energy use.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the gold standard in air filtration, as they’re usually used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Before getting a better filter, contact us at 510-343-9841. Our pros can help you choose the best solution for your unit.
Lennox has some of the best air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing 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, including ones that lead to strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is placed on the inside of your heating and cooling unit. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this system could provide relief. Especially if you live in a muggy area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.
This light also provides an additional advantage for your comfort equipment. It could help it last longer and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.
Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.
Acquiring even humidity in your house could help keep your family in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.
If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to spread humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t on.
Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities
At Contra Costa Heating & AC, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.
We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your residence.
To find out more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 510-343-9841 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any worries you may have with a tech visiting your house now.
*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.