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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re possibly spending much more more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can add indoor air quality products in your home 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 homes are securely airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more polluted than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This may be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can cause headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Unsure which solution is a good fit for your home? Our expert techs can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your home’s unique needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We recommend getting at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system working smoothly.

Before getting a more powerful filter, reach us at 952-373-0377. Our professionals can help you choose the right match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the greatest air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories 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, including ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your heating and cooling unit. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit might give much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional perk for your heating and cooling system. It might help it work for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without restricting your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your home can help keep your household from getting sick during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity across your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t running.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To discover more about our air quality solution, get in touch with us at 952-373-0377 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you could have with a pro 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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