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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s homes are firmly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which option is right for your home? Our expert pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your home’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise buying at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, contact us at 803-265-4208. Our professionals can help you choose the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all kinds 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 contribute 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 wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your comfort unit. It could help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence can help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort unit isn’t running.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc., we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 803-265-4208 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you may have with a professional visiting your home now.

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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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