Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule upside down.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your house is your safe area. You’re probably spending more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern homes are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be worse than the air outside. In actuality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be problematic, since we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

There are many factors that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which option is best for your residence? Our knowledgeable technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. Based on our findings, we can then recommend the most fitting solution for your household’s distinctive needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to consider 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 system. 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 optimal effect. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy needs*.

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

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, contact us at 928-432-6018. Our experts can help you select the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, like ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your HVAC system. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system could give relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an added bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It can help it work longer and operate more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house could help keep your family in good health during the winter. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, among further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity during the time your heating unit isn’t operating.

Rely on the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

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

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the health of you and your household. That’s why we’re taking added precautions when we arrive at your home.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 928-432-6018 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any worries you might have with a professional arriving at your home now.

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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.