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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

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

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

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

Modern houses are securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be dirtier than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of actions you can take to better your air quality. Some solutions include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your home? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then advise you on the most fitting option for your home’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality products we offer.

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are somewhat better, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter delivers cleaner air while lowering energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re typically used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 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 tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

In advance of getting a better filter, reach us at 928-432-6018. Our experts can help you choose the right match for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems 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 installed within your heating and cooling system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system could give welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an extra bonus for your heating and cooling unit. It may help it run for a greater period of time and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence might help keep your loved ones healthy in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC experts usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimum range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimum 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 HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At B&D Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling partner. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 928-432-6018 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you could have with a pro visiting 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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