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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily routine all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Were you aware we can put in indoor air quality products in your home that offer hospital-grade filtration? These products can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date residences are tightly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air might be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This can be problematic, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our days in a building.

There are a lot of elements that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which system is best for your house? Our knowledgeable professionals can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality solutions we have.

Air Filtration

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

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

We suggest buying no less than a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter gives clearer air while reducing energy needs*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

In advance of buying a more powerful filter, reach us at 316-469-7994. Our experts can help you find the most ideal match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced air purification systems you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 added within your heating and cooling unit. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you reside in a humid area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an extra bonus for your heating and cooling system. It can help it work longer and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your heating and cooling unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having even humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your home’s humidity percentage is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide the right level of humidity across your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to spread humidity during the time your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At McCune Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your residence comfier. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, which are the most comprehensive solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at 316-469-7994 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any apprehension you can have with a tech coming to your house 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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