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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular routine into a jumble.

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

Did you know we can put in 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).

Today’s houses are firmly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the CEPA has determined we spend about 90% of our time indoors.

There are many of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not certain which system is a good fit for your residence? Our skilled professionals can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality solutions we offer.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.

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

We suggest installing no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal results. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whichever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been comprehensively checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating smoothly.

Ahead of installing an upgraded filter, reach us at 204-272-8128. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed inside your comfort system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could offer much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also has an extra advantage for your comfort system. It may help it work for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It fulfills this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence could help keep your family from getting sick when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum humidity across your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to move humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re committed to making your house more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we come to your house.

To discover more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 204-272-8128 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you may have with a pro visiting your home 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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