Maintaining Indoor Air Quality During the COVID-19 Pandemic


With many folks working from home or social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, people are spending more time inside their homes than ever before. So, what does this mean for the air you breathe indoors? The team from Toshack is here to give you some insight on this important question.

If you’re spending a lot of time indoors either working or social distancing, it’s important that the air in your home is of the highest quality. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be an air filtration expert or a DIY repairman to improve air quality.

Let’s take a close look at some ways to improve indoor air quality, and a few products that can make it easier to breathe comfortably in your own home.

Tips for Improving Air Quality in Your Household

Since most homes have a central heating and air conditioning system that cycles air throughout the household repeatedly, taking steps to ensure that the air you’re breathing is fresh and clean is key; otherwise, you’re simply inhaling the same contaminants over and over again.

Although not every indoor air quality problem can be fixed without the keen expertise of a professional, there are several things you can do to help maintain clean air in your home, including:

Regularly Check Your Air Filter: The air filter of your HVAC system is one of its most important components. Not only does the quality of your air filter affect your HVAC system’s performance, but it can also help remove harmful dirt, debris, and allergens from the air. This is especially helpful for those with pets or people with respiratory ailments that make them more sensitive to airborne dust and debris.

Inspect your filter regularly and if it’s dirty, switch it out. The frequency with which you’ll need to replace your air filter will be determined by your HVAC system, as well as how many people (or pets) are living in your house.

Keep Air Circulating Throughout Your Home: For those who already use an air filtration system in addition to a traditional air conditioning unit, one of the best ways to keep the air clean is to circulate it through your home. You can do this by keeping the fan running: this will cycle the air present in your household through your filtration system on a regular basis, ensuring the highest possible air quality.

Upgrade Your Filtration System: Not every air filtration system will cut it, especially when it comes to removing harmful germs and contaminants. For those who feel their air filter isn’t up to snuff, it might be time to consider an upgrade to a more reliable system. Most of today’s top models are designed to remove things like:

  • Particulates: This includes things like visible and breathable dust, mold, bacteria, smoke, and pollen.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): These compounds are most often found in things like building materials, paints, air fresheners, and cleaning supplies. Although most VOCs might offer temporary relief from certain odors or germs, they’re not a good long-term solution and need to be filtered out of the air periodically.

Improve Air Quality with Our Filtration Solutions

Maintaining air quality often requires a comprehensive filtration system working in tandem with your traditional or ductless AC unit. That’s why many choose to invest in a dedicated air filtration solution, like the Lennox Healthy Climate whole-home systems available from Toshack.

Before diving into the details, it’s important to understand how air filters and filtration systems are rated for effectiveness. Essentially, a filter’s effectiveness is measured by a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating and the higher the number is, the more effective the filter is at trapping particulates and VOCs. Many of the standard filters on the market today are only 20% effective in trapping particles and also often restrict airflow.

Lennox Healthy Climate filters are five inches thick and feature a deep-pleated design that captures as many particles as possible without reducing the airflow of your filtration system. Another big advantage of installing one of the whole-home Lennox Healthy Climate solutions is that they often only require one service per year.

Additionally, when our technicians perform your annual maintenance visit, they’ll replace any necessary parts and inspect the system to ensure optimal performance.

The HC11 Media Air Cleaner

Those searching for a whole-home allergen control system will be pleased to learn that the HC11 Media Air Cleaner from Toshack is designed to trap more than 85% of pollen, pet dander, dust, and dirt in the air, as well as prevent it from recirculating throughout the household.

Since it filters out airborne dust and debris, the HC11 Media Air Cleaner also improves the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Carbon Clean 16

This cutting-edge, whole-home filtration system is known as the best on the market today for several reasons. Firstly, it protects you and your family from 95% of all allergy-aggravating particles that can be found in your household. Additionally, the filtration system’s carbon fiber coating helps reduce odors; perfect for those with pets!

Purify the Indoor Air You Breathe!

Although filtration systems will help remove debris and allergens, air purification systems will ensure that the air circulating throughout your household is of the highest possible quality. That’s because systems like the Lennox PureAir system come equipped with all of today’s leading technology.

This innovative system combines the Carbon Clean 16 mentioned above with a UVA light and photocatalytic oxidation technology to reduce and eliminate a variety of threats to air quality, such as:

  • Odors
  • VOCs
  • Ozone levels

It even sterilizes your HVAC system!

Let us be your clean air solution; call us today!

Do you want to make certain you’re doing everything you can to keep your indoor air clean and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, the team from Toshack would love to tell you more about how we can help.

Contact us online today or call Bob for a free, no-obligation home evaluation at 1 (888) 547-6162.