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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical schedule upside down.

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

Did you realize we can install indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These solutions 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 can 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 calculated we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These might cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which option is a good fit for your house? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct 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 most fitting solution for your home’s unique needs.

Keep reading to discover more about the air quality equipment 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 suggest buying no less than a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best 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 select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment operating correctly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units 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, including 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 placed on the inside of your heating and cooling equipment. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from 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 heating and cooling equipment. It may help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest 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 trap particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without restricting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your home might help keep your family in good health when it’s cold. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

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

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

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

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 exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your house.

To learn more about our air quality products, reach us at 940-202-1202 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also answer any apprehension 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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