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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots more time there today. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

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

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

There’s a combination of actions you can take to better your air quality. Some possibilities include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is best for your home? Our knowledgeable pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal option for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep reading to find out more about the air quality products we offer.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest buying no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter gives clearer air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system running correctly.

Before buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 314-262-4541. Our pros can help you choose the best solution for your unit.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your HVAC unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment might provide much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an added perk for your comfort system. It may help it work longer and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without limiting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your home might help keep your household from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to move humidity when your HVAC unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating, we’re dedicated to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we come to your residence.

To learn more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 314-262-4541 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any apprehension you may have with a technician 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.

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