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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily schedule all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re likely spending a lot more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s houses are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the CEPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These may cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is right for your residence? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then advise you on the most fitting solution for your home’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest getting no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter delivers clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working smoothly.

In advance of buying a more powerful filter, give us a call at 204-728-0180. Our experts can help you find the best option for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 installed inside your HVAC unit. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system may provide welcome relief. Especially if you are in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your comfort equipment. It could help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your residence’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house may help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather irritations.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Brandon Heating and Plumbing, we’re passionate about making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking additional precautions when we arrive at your home.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 204-728-0180 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any worries you might have with a tech visiting your residence at this time.

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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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