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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your typical calendar all over the place.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you realize we can put in indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These options can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern homes are securely closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the CEPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

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

There are several 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.

Not sure which option is a good fit for your residence? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the ideal option for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC unit working smoothly.

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, reach us at 519-664-0600. Our pros can help you find the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification equipment 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 units can wipe out:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your HVAC system. Its strong rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could 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 might help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components 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 optimal results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your HVAC equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your residence could help keep your family in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather annoyances.

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

You can achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating equipment isn’t on.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd, we’re passionate about making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking extra precautions when we come to your home.

To learn more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 519-664-0600 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any worries you could have with a pro coming to your home 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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