Why Your House's Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical schedule upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Today’s homes are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is a good fit for your residence? Our expert professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. Based off of the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal option for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we offer.

 

Air Filtration

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

One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter gives fresher air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Ahead of installing an enhanced filter, reach us at 514-600-5499. Our experts can help you select the most ideal match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your comfort equipment. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment can offer relief. Especially if you reside in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an added bonus for your comfort unit. It might help it work longer and run 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 outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your home may help keep your family healthy during the winter. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll figure that out while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating system isn’t on.

Depend on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Titan Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 514-600-5499 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension you may have with a tech coming to your home 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.