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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar upside down.

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

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

Today’s residences are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.

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

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your house? Our skilled technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the results, we can then recommend the ideal choice for your household’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality solutions we sell.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how successfully it filters contaminants.

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

We suggest buying at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter gives fresher air while limiting energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you select, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

Ahead of buying a more powerful filter, reach us at 308-832-4321. Our professionals can help you find the right solution for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing 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 lead to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your comfort equipment. Its penetrating rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment might give welcome relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an additional perk for your HVAC equipment. It might help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend 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 combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your house might help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

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 off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to spread humidity while your heating system isn’t on.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At MPC Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your home more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

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

To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 308-832-4321 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any worries you may have with a pro 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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