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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. 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 house 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 more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

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

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

Unsure which option is right for your home? Our skilled 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 suggest the most fitting option for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s essential to review 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 system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest buying at least a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter delivers cleaner air while lowering energy needs*.

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, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best air purification equipment 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.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 unit. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also offers an extra advantage for your heating and cooling unit. It could help it run for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

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

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

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to move humidity while your comfort equipment 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 equipment, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 803-265-4208 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension 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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