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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Up-to-date residences are tightly closed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many of things that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which system is best for your home? Our knowledgeable technicians can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the best choice for your family’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we provide.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters air.

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

We suggest upgrading to no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system running correctly.

Ahead of buying a more powerful filter, give us a call at 203-734-7648. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit can provide much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also provides an added bonus for your HVAC equipment. It may help it last for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house can help keep your loved ones healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity throughout your residence. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity when your HVAC system isn’t running.

Trust the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the wellness of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we come to your home.

To learn more about our air quality products, give us a call at 203-734-7648 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any apprehension you may have with a tech visiting your residence now.

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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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