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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re likely spending lots more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern residences are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are lots of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several things you can do to enhance your air quality. Some possibilities include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your home? Our knowledgeable pros can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the best choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

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

We suggest upgrading to at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, because they’re usually in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit running properly.

Ahead of installing a better filter, give us a call at 631-737-5566. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed within your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit might offer much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also has an extra bonus for your comfort equipment. It may 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 combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence may help keep your household from getting sick in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to circulate humidity while your heating unit isn’t operating.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Airmax Long Island Inc, we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we come to your house.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at 631-737-5566 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a professional 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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