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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely shifted your daily calendar into a jumble.

When times feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re probably spending lots more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are securely closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are a lot of factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are several actions you can take to better your air quality. Some solutions include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is best for your home? Our expert technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the ideal choice for your home’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we have.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters air.

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

We suggest installing at minimum a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides clearer air while reducing energy consumption*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment working properly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 209-257-3156. Our experts can help you select the most ideal option for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while managing all categories of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 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 within your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this equipment can provide much-desired relief. Especially if you live in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an extra perk for your heating and cooling unit. It may help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence might help keep your household healthy in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we do your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment typically functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity across your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity when your HVAC system isn’t on.

Turn to the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we arrive at your residence.

To learn more about our air quality products, give us a call at 209-257-3156 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also handle any apprehension you might have with a pro coming to 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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