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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule upside down.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re probably spending lots more time there nowadays. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Today’s houses are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are a few steps you can take to better your air quality. Some options include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable pros can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the ideal solution for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter gives fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

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

Ahead of buying an enhanced filter, give us a call at 940-202-1202. Our pros can help you find the right match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your comfort unit. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit can deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional advantage for your comfort equipment. It may help it last for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home might help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity when your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Oak Point Heating and Air LLC, we’re passionate about making your house comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your residence.

To learn more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 940-202-1202 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any worries you can have with a pro coming to your house 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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