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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

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

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

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

Today’s houses are firmly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air could 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 could be troublesome, 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 cause 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 system is a good fit 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 option for your family’s unique needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we have.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses 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 system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise buying at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while limiting 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 capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

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

Ahead of installing an enhanced filter, contact us at 641-316-9803. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification units you can get. 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, such as ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your heating and cooling equipment. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can offer much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an extra advantage for your heating and cooling system. It can help it run longer and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your family in good health during the winter. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst further cold weather annoyances.

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

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

Trust the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Brookwood Inc, we’re dedicated to making your residence 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 added precautions when we visit your residence.

To learn more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 641-316-9803 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any apprehension you can have with a tech visiting your house 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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