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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular routine into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending a lot more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This might be problematic, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

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

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

Not certain which solution is best for your house? Our expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several aspects that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your home’s unique needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we have.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, rank between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest installing at least a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

Before getting an enhanced filter, contact us at 432-237-0168. Our pros can help you find the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could give welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy climate where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an extra bonus for your HVAC system. It could help it last for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring even humidity in your home could help keep your household in good health in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to spread humidity when your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we visit your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, reach us at 432-237-0168 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also answer any worries you might have with a tech visiting 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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