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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily routine upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re possibly spending much more more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are securely airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could 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 could cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several actions you can take to better your air quality. Some solutions include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which solution is best for your home? Our knowledgeable professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the ideal choice for your family’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we have.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest buying at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system working properly.

In advance of installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 641-316-9803. Our professionals can help you choose the best option for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 added on the inside of your heating and cooling equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit can offer much-desired relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an added bonus for your comfort system. It can help it run longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without restricting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house may help keep your family from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your comfort system isn’t on.

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Brookwood Inc, we’re dedicated to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we visit your residence.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 641-316-9803 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you can have with a tech 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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