It’s a fact that all homes have indoor air pollutants. Sources of air pollutants include chemicals in cleaning products, dust, pet dander, tobacco smoke, gases from appliances or fireplaces and mold. The level of air pollution in a home depends on the ventilation and filtration system, temperature level and humidity level. Poor indoor air quality can contribute to health-related problems such as allergies and asthma. We can provide a variety of options to improve your indoor air quality:
Media cabinets hold high-efficient filters. Media air filters are 4-5" thick as opposed to the standard 1" air filter. Filters are rated on a value system: Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV). This system determines the amount of dust that the filter removes from the air as it passes through. Standard 1" filters range from a MERV 1-MERV 10 rating. Media filters have up to a MERV 16 rating. What does this mean? The higher the rating, the more efficient the filter, the fewer dust particles will pass through and distribute throughout your home.
The level of moisture in your home directly affects your health! Not enough moisture may lead to dry and irritated skin. Too much moisture may lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Whole house humidifiers install directly on the furnace. Moisture is circulated through the ductwork and distributed throughout every room in the house. With the installation of a whole house humidifier, we can help you achieve optimal levels of moisture in your home. Whole house humidifiers require very little maintenance. Once a year, it's recommended that the humidifier be serviced with a pad change. We can provide that option as part of your LCS Gold Membership or LCS Platinum Membership!
High levels of humidity in the house can create a feeling of stickiness, which is very uncomfortable! Mold and mildew can also be cause for concern, which contributes to allergies. Air conditioners work to remove humidity from the home. However, in climates such as ours, the air conditioner may not be enough to remove excess humidity. This happens frequently in the spring months, when the temperatures are only in the 60's or 70's but the humidity outside is already high. Since it's not hot out yet, it doesn't take long for the air conditioner to meet your indoor temperature setting. Therefore, it doesn't run long enough to effectively remove the humidity in your home. The only way to effectively remove humidity is with a whole-house dehumidifier. A whole-house dehumidifier is a unit that is installed near the furnace. It is piped into the ductwork so will work to remove humidity throughout the house.
Air cleaners come in many sizes. Some are portable while others are designed for the entire home. One thing to keep in mind -- many air cleaners require monthly maintenance. If you have an air cleaner that requires this type of maintenance and you don't do it, the air cleaner is not working as it should, if at all. One air cleaner we love the Lennox PureAir Purification System. It attaches directly to the furnace and consists of a Merv 16 filter, carbon catalyst filter and UV bulbs. It removes dust particles and kills bacteria, mold and micro-organisms before the air is circulated throughout your home. Once a year, it's recommended that the filters and bulbs are changed. We can provide that option as part of your LCS Gold Membership or LCS Platinum Membership!
The UV Light is another type of air cleaner. UV lights install directly on your furnace so the air is circulated through it before being distributed throughout your home. Some UV lights produce ozone while others do not. The UV lights we recommend use an ionization process to kill bacteria, mold, and viruses, as well as reduce allergens and odors. This is done without the production of ozone.